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Members debate White Paper changes

22 Nov 2007

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At its November meeting of Council, members debated proposals for implementing some of the recommendations outlined in the Government White Paper on healthcare regulation. From November 2008 it will be a statutory obligation to use the civil standard of proof in all Fitness to Practise hearings. GOC hearings currently use the criminal standard of proof, and Council discussed a timeframe for the change over. The White Paper also recommends that Council should become smaller and more board-like and that all members should be appointed according to specified criteria and competencies. Council decided in March that it should reduce its size to no larger than 13 members. Possible skills and competencies for appointed members were considered, along with proposals for a stakeholder engagement strategy.

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