Press releases - Professional Regulatory March 2017

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Dental regulation to become better for patients and for professionals (GDC press release 26.01.17)

The General Dental Council (GDC) has published plans for how its approach to regulating dental professionals will be reformed to put public safety firmly at its heart.  Proposals outlined today show how the GDC will focus on the prevention of harm. The GDC will make more active use of education and learning to support dental professionals throughout their career.

One watchdog for doctors and nurses would cut red tape and save £200m (Times 08.02.17)

Ministers are planning the largest shake-up of health regulation for more than a century which could see the General Medical Council and the Nursing and Midwifery Councils merging. MPs believe patients are being let down under current arrangements and accuse the regulators of being too bureaucratic and failing in their duties to spot scandals such as that concerning the Mid Staffordshire hospital. The Times says it believes plans will be unveiled shortly with one option being that all nine health regulators would be merged so that one organisation registers all health professionals and carries out disciplinary procedures. A separate option could be to merge the GMC and NMC into a core regulator whilst placing dentists, pharmacists and optician watchdogs into one "high street regulator".

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BSB publishes two-year equality and diversity strategy (Bar Standards Board 10.02.17)

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published its Equality and Diversity Strategy for 2017-2019. This follows the publication of its  Diversity at the Bar Report last month. That report showed that diversity at the Bar was heading slowly in the right direction but that considerable progress is still needed.

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Regulator's 'transparency' proposals could mislead clients (Law Society 31.01.17)

Providing raw regulatory data on solicitor firms could mislead clients and undermine their ability to exercise informed choice, the Law Society said today, responding to Solicitors Regulation Authority's (SRA) proposals.

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