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National body is considering a single register for all health and care professionals

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i3775 (Published 12 July 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i3775
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. London

The body that oversees the major regulators of health professionals in the UK is considering the idea of a single register in order to stop people who have been struck off from practising under a different title.

The lead officers of the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) appeared before the parliamentary health committee for a one off evidence session on 5 July to answer questions about the authority’s performance as well as that of the professionals’ regulators.

The PSA oversees the General Medical Council and equivalent organisations for dentists, nurses, pharmacists, and other health and care professionals.

MPs asked if the authority considered having one register in the future that would apply across health and care to enable a check …

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