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Medical regulators could merge in government shake-up

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j5131 (Published 06 November 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j5131
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. The BMJ

Plans to overhaul the way doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals are regulated have had a mixed response.

A key aim of the Department of Health’s plans to reform medical regulation is to ensure that organisations have a “consistent and flexible range of powers that allow them to take a prompt and proportionate approach to concerns about an individual’s fitness to practise.”

To meet that objective, the department has proposed shrinking the number of medical regulators from the current nine to three or four.

Consultation documents on upgrading the regulation of healthcare professions were launched at the end of October,1 with a remit for the four UK governments to look into which professions needed statutory regulation.

Other proposals include promoting more joint working among regulators and having a single database …

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