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Health Care (Professional Standards)

Volume 542: debated on Tuesday 27 March 2012

17. What steps he is taking to raise the professional standards of health care workers and care assistants. (101888)

The Government have commissioned Skills for Health and Skills for Care to develop a code of conduct and minimum training standards for health care support workers and adult social care workers in England. That will inform the development of a system of assured voluntary registration for this group, which will be reviewed after it has been established for three years.

Have the Government made any assessment of the cost of rolling out mandatory regulations to health care support workers?

I will write to the hon. Lady with any specific details about the precise costs of rolling out such a register. I say to her that, for the first time, we have a Government who have decided that leaving unclarified the training requirements, standards and codes of conduct for health care assistants and care assistants is unacceptable. That is why we have commissioned this work. It will involve working with unions and other health care professionals to make sure we get those standards right, because we know that that is key to delivering dignified care.