Health and Social Care Bill published

The Health and Social Care Bill, which includes a number of changes affecting GPs, has been introduced to Parliament.

Proposed change includes:
  • Use of the civil standard of proof rather than the criminal standard in fitness-to-practise cases
  • The appointment of doctors as responsible officers to monitor the conduct and performance of doctors
  • Creation of the Office of the Health Professions Adjudicator to hear fitness-to-practise cases
  • Replacement of the Healthcare Commission with new body the Care Quality Commission.

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