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Health Staff (Performance)

Volume 410: debated on Friday 19 September 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Government is taking to identify poorly performing (a) doctors and (b) nurses. [130155]

The Government established the National Clinical Assessment Authority in April 2001. The key functions of the Authority include helping local organisations manage problems quickly and effectively; promoting effective local and national procedures for preventing, identifying and resolving performance problems; and providing individual assessments that recommend practical ways in which individual performance can be improved.At present the National Clinical Assessment Authority applies only to doctors and dentists. The Government will consider the case for whether a similar approach would be appropriate for the other health professions.