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Health: Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence

Volume 690: debated on Monday 19 March 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

On how many occasions in the last three years the Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence exercised its power to refer a disciplinary case to the courts on the basis that the outcome is too lenient in contrast to the number of references in respect of lenient sentencing made by the Attorney-General. [HL2554]

In the last three financial years, the Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence (CHRE) has referred 22 cases to court under Section 29 of the National Health Service Reform and Health Care Professions Act 2002. During that period, 2,213 decisions have been notified to CHRE.

All the Section 29 appeals, apart from two that were withdrawn and four that remain to be heard, have either been upheld by the court or settled by agreement.