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  • Proposed changes to the statutory scheme to control the cost of branded health service medicines

    Building on the consultation run in 2015, the Government is consulting further on proposals to amend the statutory scheme that controls the prices of branded health service medicines. The changes aim to align the cost savings to the NHS generated by the scheme more closely with those made by the... More
    Opened 23 August 2017
  • Proposed legal requirements to provide information about health service products

    The Government is seeking views on draft requirements for the provision of information realted to the sales and purchases of health service products. The proposed Regulations contain a range of requirements on different actors in the supply chain for medicines, medical supplies and other related... More
    Opened 23 August 2017
  • Regulations on medical exposures to ionising radiation

    This consultation seeks views on the regulations for the transposition and implementation of the medical exposures aspects of the European Council Directive 2013/59/Euratom of 5 December 2013. The Directive lays down basic safety standards for protection against the dangers arising from medical... More
    Opened 13 July 2017
  • NHS prescribing of gluten-free foods

    Our consultation asks for your views on Department of Health proposals to make changes to the availability of gluten-free foods that are prescribed on the NHS. More
    Opened 31 March 2017
  • Protecting whistleblowers seeking jobs in the NHS

    Employment Rights Act 1996 (NHS Recruitment - Protected Disclosure) Regulations The Freedom to Speak Up Review concluded (in Feburary 2015) that ‘individuals are suffering, or at risk of suffering, serious detriments in seeking re-employment in the health service after making a protected... More
    Opened 20 March 2017
  • Expansion of Undergraduate Medical Education

    The government proposes to increase the number of student places at English medical schools by 1,500. The first 500 places will be allocated to medical schools and will be available to students in September 2018. A further 1,000 places will be allocated through a competitive bidding process -... More
    Opened 14 March 2017
  • Allowing schools to hold spare adrenaline auto-injectors

    This consultation seeks views on whether legislation should be changed to allow schools to choose to hold spare adrenaline auto-injectors (AAIs) for use in emergencies. Currently, AAIs are prescription only medicines, which means that schools cannot keep spares for use in emergencies.... More
    Opened 10 March 2017
  • Coding and import regulations for human tissue and cells

    The European Union (EU) has published 2 new commission directives on the coding and import of tissues and cells for human application. The coding directive establishes a coding system to ensure the traceability of all human tissue and cells intended for human application, at all stages from... More
    Opened 10 March 2017
  • Infected blood: special category mechanism and financial and other support in England

    This consultation sets out, and seeks views on, the special appeals mechanism that offers financial and other support for those with chronic hepatitis C infection. The department has developed a special appeals mechanism, called the special category mechanism (SCM), for those with chronic... More
    Opened 6 March 2017
  • Introducing a Rapid Resolution and Redress Scheme for Severe Avoidable Birth Injury

    England is a safe place to give birth, and every year thousands of babies are safely delivered to delighted parents by experienced and dedicated NHS staff. This is the outcome that all families expect and the vast majority of families experience. However, tragedies can sometimes occur, and babies... More
    Opened 2 March 2017
  • Introducing Fixed Recoverable Costs in lower value clinical negligence claims

    This consultation seeks views on proposals to introduce a system of Fixed Recoverable Costs (FRC) for lower value clinical negligence claims. The FRC scheme will apply across the NHS, not-for-profit and private healthcare providers in England and Wales. It will not apply to Scotland or Northern... More
    Opened 30 January 2017
  • Updated CVI form and explanatory notes

    The Certificate of Vision Impairment (CVI) form and the 'Explanatory notes for consultant ophthalmologists and hospital eye clinic staff in England' (ENs) has been updated by a group of stakeholders led by the Department of Health and the Royal College of Ophthalmologists to clarify who should be... More
    Opened 15 November 2016
  • Allocating 2017-18 funding to disregard war pensions in social care financial assessments

    There are two schemes which make payments to armed forces veterans who have been injured on active service. Currently the two schemes are treated differently by local authorities when making a financial assessment to determine what a person can afford to contribute to the costs of their care and... More
    Opened 4 November 2016
  • Dementia: care, support and awareness

    The Government’s aim is for England to be the best place in the world for people with dementia, their families and carers to live and the best place to undertake research into dementia. We want to hear first-hand from people with dementia, their families and carers if we are making a... More
    Opened 2 November 2016
  • Work, health and disability: consultation

    This government wants to help everyone to be able to enjoy the independence, security and good health that being in work can bring. We know that the right type of work is good for an individual’s physical and mental health. Work can bring other benefits - introduce a sense of purpose, raise... More
    Opened 31 October 2016
  • Regulatory Fees for Tobacco Products

    The Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016, which implement the Tobacco Products Directive 2014/40/EU, require businesses to notify of the placing on the UK market of tobacco and herbal products for smoking and require the testing of cigarettes for levels of tar, nicotine and carbon... More
    Opened 25 October 2016
  • Providing a 'safe space' in healthcare safety investigations

    We want NHS staff to learn from their experiences as care givers, including from any mistakes they may have made. Sometimes staff fear that they will be blamed for making mistakes, which makes them reluctant to discuss their experiences. We therefore want to create a ‘safe space’ – where... More
    Opened 17 October 2016
  • Scope of performance assessments of providers regulated by the Care Quality Commission

    The Care Act 2014 placed a duty on the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to carry out performance assessments of providers of health and adult social care services. The summary of these performance assessments would be provided in the form of a rating. Since the CQC began publishing ratings in... More
    Opened 22 August 2016
  • New data security standards and opt-out models for health and social care

    This consultation seeks views on the proposed health data security standards and the consent/opt-outs model. We would like to hear from health and care professionals and organisations and the public. The consultation follows an independent review of data security and consent by National Data... More
    Opened 6 July 2016
  • Public Health England (PHE) - Call for Evidence

    Purpose of the Review The Department of Health routinely holds PHE to account in line with the Department of Health accountability framework and, as noted above, this review is part of a wider programme that the Department has developed as part of its stewardship and assurance function. The... More
    Opened 12 May 2016
  • The Nursing and Midwifery Council - amendments to modernise midwifery regulation and improve the effectiveness and efficiency of fitness to practise processes

    The Department of Health wants your views on the proposals to make changes to the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s governing legislation through changes to the Nursing and Midwifery Order 2001. These proposed address three objectives: 1. Remove statutory midwifery supervision provisions The... More
    Opened 21 April 2016
  • Reforming healthcare education funding: creating a sustainable future workforce

    The government announced in the 2015 Spending Review that from 1 August 2017, all new nursing, midwifery and allied health professional students will receive funding and financial support through the standard student support system rather than through the current NHS bursary scheme. From... More
    Opened 7 April 2016
  • Changes to medicines legislation (including on 'hub and spoke' dispensing)

    T his consultation seeks views on proposed changes to medicines legislation in four different areas. The propsoals aim to: 1. Enable all pharmacies to make use of 'hub and spoke' dispensing models (in which another pharmacy does part of the dispensing process allowing for more... More
    Opened 23 March 2016
  • How can we improve support for carers?

    Want to go straight to the survey? Go straight to the survey Informal carers (also called unpaid carers) are people who look after family members, friends, neighbours or others because of long-term physical or mental ill health or disability, or care needs related to old age. This does not... More
    Opened 18 March 2016
  • Introduction of Medical Examiners and Reforms to Death Certification in England and Wales: Policy and Draft Regulations

    The changes proposed in this consultation will introduce a death certification process involving a unified system of scrutiny by independent medical examiners of all deaths that do not need to be investigated by a coroner. The proposals form part of the action programme in response to... More
    Opened 10 March 2016
  • Infected blood: reform of financial and other support

    This consultation seeks views on the proposed reforms to the infected blood payment schemes. Since 1988, government has voluntarily provided support for people affected by HIV and/or hepatitis C through treatment with NHS-supplied blood or blood products. The Department of Health is aware... More
    Opened 21 January 2016
  • UK CMO Guidelines Review

    Current low risk alcohol guidelines for adults have been unchanged since 1995. Guidelines on alcohol and pregnancy last changed in 2007. The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee recommended in 2012 that the UK Chief Medical Officers (UK CMOs), led by Dame Sally Davies, should review... More
    Opened 8 January 2016
  • Scope of CQC fees

    The Health and Social Care Act 2008 provides the Care Quality Commission (CQC) with a power to charge fees for the registration of health and adult social care providers of regulated activities. CQC’s new comprehensive inspections consider the quality and safety of care above and beyond... More
    Opened 21 December 2015
  • Transposition of revised Mutual Recognition of Professional Qualifications (MRPQ) Directive 2005/36/EC – Amendments to the health and care regulators legislation

    By 2020 there will be 16 million more jobs in the EU requiring highly skilled professionals [1] such as healthcare professionals. To meet this demand, it is essential that the mechanism to recognise qualifications of mobile professionals is fast and effective. The introduction of the... More
    Opened 10 December 2015
  • Making a fair contribution: A consultation on the extension of charging overseas visitors and migrants using the NHS in England

    Everyone has access to the NHS. But in order for it to be affordable everyone must make a fair contribution. Overseas visitors and migrants are already charged for the cost of any healthcare they receive in hospital. It is fair that people who are in this country for a short time should meet the... More
    Opened 7 December 2015
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