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Watchdog questions usefulness of UK’s £600m health and care regulators

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h4274 (Published 07 August 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4274
  1. Nigel Hawkes
  1. 1London

Regulation in healthcare costs £600m (€860m; $930m) a year in the United Kingdom and isn’t working well, concludes a new report from the Professional Standards Authority, which oversees the UK’s nine health and care professional regulatory bodies.1

The costs include the budgets of England’s Care Quality Commission (£211m a year) and corresponding bodies in Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland (£89m), £72m for Monitor, and the annual costs of the professional regulators, including the General Medical Council (£196m). The report rounds this up to “in the region of £600m” and adds: “If what was being assessed genuinely drove improvements in outcomes and quality …

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