Self-regulatory bodies for health professionals
Proposals for self-regulatory bodies take forward the aims of The NHS Plan with the Government taking immediate action to bring in stronger, faster, professional regulation for nurses and health professions, as promised in The NHS Plan. Health Minister Lord Philip Hunt said: “Modernising and strengthening professional regulation is central to our overall strategy to modernise the NHS and we are determined that new regulatory structures should have the welfare of patients at their heart.” New Councils will have tougher powers to tackle poor professional conduct and performance, and will have streamlined procedures to ensure fitness for practice including quality assurance of professional training. The proposed new HPC will have scope to regulate new professions which are not regulated now. See _Homecare Professional_ September 2000 for further details.