A newly launched Department of Health consultation on the regulation of healthcare professionals provides an opportunity for a ‘robust and open’ discussion, the General Pharmaceutical Council has said. 

The UK’s “complex and outdated” regulatory landscape must change to protect patients and support healthcare professionals, the DH said as it launched the consultation. The DH is seeking views on proposals aimed at designing a “flexible model of professional regulation that secures public trust, fosters professionalism and improves clinical practice, while also being adaptable to future developments in healthcare.”

GPhC chief executive Duncan Rudkin said the DH 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.”

The GPhC “has a clear vision for the role and purpose of regulation,” Mr Rudkin says, and is “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,” Mr Rudkin added.

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