The Professional Standards Authority (the Authority) has “welcomed” the signal by Government in the Health and Care Bill.
The Bill proposes a more risk-based approach to how health and care occupations are regulated, together with a review of the number of professional regulators. Section 123 of the Health and Care Bill includes powers for the Secretary of State to use secondary legislation to merge or abolish any of the healthcare professional regulators and to move professional groups out of statutory regulation.
The PSA however “cautioned” that any proposals for reconfiguration of regulators or changes to which groups are regulated must have a clear focus on maintaining and enhancing public protection. In addition, any new powers must come with appropriate safeguards to avoid compromising regulatory independence.
Professional Standards Authority Chief Executive Alan Clamp said:
“The Health and Care Bill represents a major development in the Government’s programme of reforms to healthcare professional regulation and an opportunity to make changes to simplify and improve regulation for the benefit of all.
“The Authority supports simplification of the regulatory landscape and has called for this in our own proposals for reform. However, any changes must be rooted in the purpose of regulation which is to protect the public and must avoid compromising regulator independence.
“We will be examining the detail of the Bill and commenting further in due course.”