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Volume 453: debated on Tuesday 28 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when she expects to publish the cost-benefit analysis of the impact of revalidation on the osteopathic profession; (104264)

(2) what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the self-regulatory framework for osteopathy in meeting the needs of patients;

(3) what discussions she has had with the (a) General Osteopathic Council and (b) British Osteopathic Association on the proposed revalidation process for the osteopathic profession.

The Department has undertaken a review of the regulation of the non-medical healthcare professions including osteopathy, drawing on submissions and contributions from key stakeholders. I met the General Osteopathic Council and the British Osteopathic Association on 8 June 2006. The review was published on 14 July 2006, alongside Professor Sir Liam Donaldson’s report “Good Doctors, Safer Patients”.

A four-month consultation on both reviews ended on 10 November. We are currently considering all the responses and expect to publish our proposals, including a regulatory impact assessment, early in the new year.