The Bill seeks to enhance professional regulation and create a new integrated regulator, the Care Quality Commission, for health and adult social care, with focus on providing assurance about the safety and quality of care for patients and service users.
- Assures the safety and quality of care and creates a new regulator, the Care Quality Commission
- Equips the new regulator with tougher powers, backed by fines, to inspect, investigate and intervene where hospitals are failing to meet hygiene standards
- Strengthens clinical governance and reforms the system of professional regulation to ensure it earns and sustains the confidence of patients, professionals and Parliament
- Extends financial support to mothers-to-be from the 29th week of pregnancy
- Ensures all healthcare professional regulatory bodies use the civil, rather than criminal, standard of proof
- Creates an independent adjudicator to undertake independent and objective formal adjudication for the professional regulatory bodies
- Ensures that all healthcare organisations employing or contracting with doctors appoint a 'responsible officer' to work with the GMC to identify and handle cases of poor professional performance by doctors
- Updates the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984 with the aim of providing a more effective and proportionate response to infectious disease.