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Health Services: Regulation

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 15 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will commission research into public participation in healthcare regulation, including (a) selection and recruitment processes, (b) the framework for training, mentoring and supporting members, (c) organisation structures and processes designed to facilitate dialogue with the public and (d) closer working across and between regulatory bodies. (122127)

The Government has recently published a White Paper entitled “Trust, Assurance and Safety, The Regulation of Health Professionals in the 21st Century” which outlines the way forward on health professional regulation. This White Paper follows an extensive public consultation exercise involving over 2,700 responses, including petitions, on the findings of the reviews of medical and non-medical regulation of health care in the United Kingdom.

These reviews also involved consultation with both advisory groups and a call for ideas which resulted in over 250 responses. In addition, three pieces of research were commissioned for these reviews that focused on improving the impact on professionals and improving public safety. Research conducted for us by MORI considered public attitudes to medical regulation and revalidation.