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Government starts work on Law Commission health care and mental capacity recommendations

Consultation launched by Department of Health

The Government has launched a new consultation looking at the regulation of health care professionals, based on recommendations from a 2014 report by the UK Law Commissions.

The Regulation of Healthcare Professionals report proposed major changes to the way in which health and social care professionals are regulated in the UK.

The report's reforms aim to consolidate and simplify the existing legal framework, and impose greater consistency across the regulators in some areas, such as the conduct of fitness to practise hearings.

Key recommendations included:

Now the Government has responded with a consultation to bring forward these recommendations.

At the same time, Health Minister Jackie Doyle-Price has issued an interim response to the 2016 Mental Capacity and the Deprivation of Liberty report.

In a Written Ministerial Statement, the Minister said:

"I welcome the publication of the Law Commission's report which we are carefully considering and thank them for their careful and considered work.

"We will now engage with a range of stakeholders to understand in greater detail how these changes can be implemented."

The consultation closes on 23 January 2018. The Government promised a final response in spring 2018.

For the consultation document, click here. For the Law Commission's report, click here.