Department of Health consultation is an opportunity for positive reform says GPhC

Department of Health consultation is an opportunity for positive reform

The Department of Health has today launched a consultation on the regulatory reform of health professional regulation in which it asks questions on how to improve the protection of the public through more efficient, responsive and effective regulation. 

The consultation paper poses a number of important questions on the future of health regulation.

In response to the launch of the consultation, GPhC chief executive Duncan Rudkin said:

“This consultation provides the opportunity to have a robust, open and wide-ranging discussion about how regulation can best protect and assure patients and the public, and support the professionalism of all health professionals.

“Our Council has a clear vision for the role and purpose of regulation and we are pleased that the objectives set out in the government’s consultation align closely with our own strategic plan. We intend to play an active part in the discussions about developing a future approach to regulation, which must have the interests of patients and the public at its heart.

“Ahead of any future legislative change, we are continuing work to improve how we regulate, including by working more closely with other regulators, and developing an approach to revalidation that will help the professions we regulate to focus on professionalism, improvement and person-centred care.

“Our Council will respond to the consultation in due course having considered all of the questions raised and in particular how these relate to pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and registered pharmacies and the services they provide to patients and the public. I would also urge health professionals, employers, representative organisations and patients and the public to take part in this important consultation and make sure you have your say on the future of regulation.”