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Debate: Healthcare regulation

Health and Social Care area

The future of healthcare regulation in the United Kingdom

Event type: Free public debate
Date: Thursday 6 October, 6pm
Location: London South Bank University

Comment piece

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Read a pre-debate article (PDF File 120 KB), written by Dr Elaine Maxwell of the School of Health and Social Care.

Regulation is essential to ensure that our healthcare system is safe and reliable. Yet, too much regulation can have perverse consequences on practitioners, and cause more problems than it solves.

Regulation exists in many forms, and its stated purpose is always to protect the public. Many health professionals, however, experience long delays in the consideration of their cases. The cost of fitness to practise procedures for a fraction of the regulated workforce is borne by many who see little personal return on their registration fees.

Bringing together two highly respected figures in the nursing community, this debate focused on the balance between protecting the public and the professional burden that it imposes.


For regulation

Jackie Smith, Chief Executive of the Nursing and Midwifery Council. Jackie Smith was appointed as the Nursing and Midwifery Council's (NMC) Chief Executive and Registrar in October 2012. Before joining the NMC she worked for the General Medical Council for over ten years as an assistant director. She holds a degree in Law from the University of Wolverhampton and spent many years working for the Crown Prosecution Service at the Old Bailey and in the Director of Public Prosecutions Office.

Against regulation

Dr Peter Carter OBE, former Chief Executive of the Royal College of Nursing. Dr Peter Carter OBE is the former Chief Executive and General Secretary of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), the world’s largest professional union of nurses. The RCN has a membership of over 400,000 nurses, midwives, health visitors, nursing students, cadets and health care assistants. Before assuming the post of RCN General Secretary in January 2007 Dr Carter spent almost twelve years as the Chief Executive of the Central and North West London Mental Health NHS Trust, one of the largest mental health trusts in the UK and with an international reputation.

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