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GOC welcomes proposals for healthcare regulation reforms

22 Feb 2008

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The General Optical Council (GOC) has welcomed the Department of Health’s proposed changes to legislation concerning healthcare regulation, as outlined in their recent consultation on the Health Care and Associated Professions Order 2008.

Key areas for proposed change include:

  • A newly-structured Council to include appointed, rather than elected members.
  • Council will be smaller, and more ‘board-like’ to allow for more effective decision making. The GOC agreed to reduce the size of its Council to a maximum of 13 members last March.
  • A statutory duty to ensure regulators consider the interests of stakeholders in their decisions
  • Powers enabling healthcare regulators to consider a person’s fitness to practise as being impaired, if they are included in a barred list under the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006, the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups (Northern Ireland) Order 2007 or the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007.

The Health Care and Associated Professions Order is the first in a series of Orders that will take forward the reforms identified in the Government’s White Paper, Trust, Assurance and Safety – The Regulation of Health Professionals in the 21st Century.

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