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Health Services: Regulation

Volume 474: debated on Tuesday 22 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much time members of the new strategic boards proposed for professional healthcare regulatory bodies will be expected to commit each year; and how many times he expects each such board to meet in each year. (196805)

The detailed arrangements for the number of times boards will meet and the time commitments of board members is a matter for the individual regulatory bodies. However, the White Paper, “Trust, Assurance, Safety—The Regulation of Healthcare Professionals in the 21st Century” does set out the expectation that councils will be more board-like and strategic. The regulators will want to take this into account when making their decisions and will also want to consider the recommendations in Niall Dickson's report “Enhancing Confidence in Healthcare Professional Regulation” when it is published.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) skills, (b) competences and (c) experience candidates for (i) professional and (ii) lay membership of the councils of professional healthcare bodies will be required to demonstrate before appointment. (196806)

This is a matter for discussion between the Appointments Commission and the relevant professional regulatory bodies. However, they will wish to take into account the recommendations in Niall Dickson's report “Enhancing Confidence in Healthcare Professional Regulation”, when it is published.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will consider introducing a requirement for professional applicants to council of professional health regulatory bodies to demonstrate a capacity to express in plain English technical information for use by the public. (196850)

The councils of professional health regulatory bodies will of course want to ensure that technical information that is written for public consumption is clear and understandable. However, the approach to achieving this is a matter for the regulators themselves.