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  • Consultation on the introduction of regulations for standardised packaging of tobacco products

    The purpose of this consultation is to seek the views of interested people, businesses and organisations, with a focus on gaining any additional information relevant to standardised packaging that has arisen since the 2012 consultation. The consultation includes draft regulations so it is... More
    Opened 4 years ago
  • False or Misleading Information

    The Mid Staffordshire Inquiry recommended that there should be a statutory duty on healthcare providers to be truthful when providing information. The Care Bill 2014 will make it a criminal offence for a provider to supply or publish false or misleading information. The offence in the Care... More
    Opened 4 years ago
  • The Nursing and Midwifery Council - proposed changes to the governing legislation

    This consultation sets out proposals and rationale for amendments to the governing legislative framework (The Nursing and Midwifery Order 2001) of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). This governing legislation sets out the NMC's roles, functions and processes. The NMC is the UK regulator for... More
    Opened 4 years ago
  • Corporate accountability in health and social care - fit and proper person regulations

    Overview: On 4 th July 2013, we published the consultation on Strengthening corporate accountability in health and social care , setting out proposals for all directors of providers registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to meet a new “Fit and Proper Person Test”. The... More
    Opened 4 years ago
  • Introducing the Statutory Duty of Candour

    This consultation sets out a proposed addition to the Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) registration requirements in order to introduce a statutory Duty of Candour on all providers registered with the CQC. The introduction of a statutory Duty of Candour is a major step towards implementing a... More
    Opened 4 years ago
  • Criminal offence of Ill-treatment or wilful neglect

    This consultation seeks views on the detailed formulation of a new criminal offence of ill-treatment or wilful neglect of users of health or social care. More
    Opened 4 years ago
  • Serious mitochondrial disease: new techniques to prevent transmission

    New techniques have been developed that would prevent serious mitochondrial disease being passed from a mother to her children. They involve the use of disease free eggs or embryos from a donor. A change in the law would be needed for these techniques to be used in treatment. Draft regulations... More
    Opened 4 years ago
  • Fundamental Standards

    This consultation sets out proposed amendments to CQC's registration requirements in order to introduce Fundamental Standards of care. Our proposals to amend the CQC registration requirements are part of a wide-ranging set of changes designed to improve the regulation of health and social care... More
    Opened 4 years ago
  • Proposed Changes to NHS Availability of Erectile Dysfunction Treatments

    In 1999 the Department brought in measures to restrict NHS prescribing of a number of ED treatments, including Viagra, because they were considered too costly for routine availability on the NHS. These restrictions mean that only certain men can have ED treatments prescribed on the NHS, for... More
    Opened 4 years ago
  • Approval of independent Sector Places for the Termination of Pregnancy

    Any independent sector clinic or service wishing to seek approval to perform abortions must agree to comply with a set of Required Standard Operating Procedures (RSOPs). In July 2012, the Department of Health published Interim Procedures for the Approval of Independent Sector Places which... More
    Opened 4 years ago
  • Audit Committees: Proposed requirements for NHS Trusts and Clinical Commissioning Groups

    1. The Department of Health has been developing proposals for new constitutional requirements for the audit committees of NHS Trusts and Clinical Commissioning Groups. These are necessary to ensure audit committees are appropriately constituted to advise their governing... More
    Opened 5 years ago
  • Language Controls for Doctors - proposed amendments to the Medical Act 1983

    The Department of Health has been working with the General Medical Council (GMC) to look at ways to ensure that the language capability of doctors working in the UK is sufficient. The Department is seeking views on its proposals to amend the Medical Act 1983 to give the GMC more explicit... More
    Opened 5 years ago
  • Health protection (ships and aircraft) regulations

    This consultation is on a set of reduced and consolidated regulations relating to ships and aircraft, to provide updated health protection powers and duties for use at England’s ports and airports, replacing the existing ships and aircraft regulations (known as the ’port health‘... More
    Opened 5 years ago
  • Caring for our future: implementing funding reform

    In February 2013, the Government announced reforms to what and how people pay for their care and support. We want to give everyone more certainty and peace of mind over the costs of old age, or of living with a disability. We want to end the unfairness of unlimited care costs, and to protect... More
    Opened 5 years ago
  • Consultation on refreshing the Mandate to NHS England: 2014 - 2015

    The Mandate to NHS England will be refreshed and published in the Autumn this year for 2014/15. The Mandate sets the Government’s ambitions for the NHS as well as the funding available to achieve and deliver the kind of care people need and expect. The first Mandate was published in... More
    Opened 5 years ago
  • Sustaining services, ensuring fairness: A consultation on migrant access and their financial contribution to NHS provision in England

    This consultation is about migrants’ access and financial contribution to the NHS. It is widely recognised that the NHS has a longstanding weakness in charging foreign nationals who use the NHS, and has similar problems in recovering the cost of treatment to visitors from the... More
    Opened 5 years ago
  • Consultation on publication of abortion statistics: proposals for changes to the annual abortion statistics publication

    Consultation on publication of abortion statistics: proposals for changes to the annual abortion statistics publication. The overall aims of this consultation are to ensure that the reports remain as relevant and as useful to users as possible whilst maximising value for money. All... More
    Opened 5 years ago
  • Direct payments for healthcare – A consultation on updated policy for regulations

    One way of managing a personal health budget is a direct payment for healthcare, where money is given directly to an individual for the management of their NHS care. They are currently only lawful within DH-approved pilot sites. The Government's intention is to roll out personal health budgets,... More
    Opened 5 years ago
  • Topics for new NICE quality standards and guidance to improve the quality of social care

    From April 2013, the role of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) will expand to include social care. NICE have had a number of joint health and social care topics referred to them to commence work on in April 2013. This consultation seeks views on topics for NICE... More
    Opened 5 years ago
  • A consultation on draft amendment regulations and response to the policy consultation "Responsible officers in the new health architecture"

    This document serves two purposes: it provides the Department’s response to the April consultation, but it also consults on the draft regulations that will amend the Medical Profession (Responsible Officer) Regulations 2010. The April consultation considered the role of the responsible... More
    Opened 5 years ago
  • A consultation on strengthening the NHS Constitution

    Views sought on strengthening NHS Constitution Proposals to strengthen the NHS Constitution are set out for public consultation today, with the NHS, patients and public all being asked to respond. The main changes proposed cover: a new responsibility for staff to treat patients... More
    Opened 5 years ago
  • Performers Lists Regulations 2013

    The performers list system is a framework set out in the National Health Service (Performers Lists) Regulations 2004. Medical, dental and ophthalmic practitioners may not perform NHS primary care services in England unless they are included on a performers list held by a Primary Care Trust (PCT).... More
    Opened 6 years ago
  • Healthy Lives, Healthy People:Consultation on the arrangements for consideration of proposals on the fluoridation of drinking water

    Consultation on the arrangements for consideration of proposals on the fluoridation of drinking water The Department is consulting on the process local authorities will use to conduct consultations on fluoridation of drinking water. We are not consulting on the benefits or disadvantages... More
    Opened 6 years ago
  • Joint Strategic Needs Assessments and Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategies – draft guidance

    Joint Strategic Needs Assessments (JSNAs) and Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategies (JHWSs) are about the NHS, local government and communities working together to improve health and wellbeing outcomes and reduce inequalities. The purpose of statutory guidance in relation to this is to: ... More
    Opened 6 years ago
  • Local Authority Health Scrutiny

    The reforms set out in Equity and excellence: liberating the NHS are underpinned by a clear commitment to increasing accountability and local democratic legitimacy in health. Strengthening health scrutiny is one element of this. The regulations currently in force have, on the whole,... More
    Opened 6 years ago
  • A consultation on the draft mandate to the NHS Commissioning Board

    The new NHS Commissioning Board will oversee the way that over £80 billion of taxpayers’ money is spent to secure NHS services for the people of England. The mandate is one of the most important ways for the Government to set objectives for the Board, but it is just one part of a... More
    Opened 6 years ago
  • Next steps for Nursery Milk

    The Nursery Milk Scheme has been running since the 1940s. The scheme currently funds free milk for around 1.5 million children under five years old in 55,000 childcare settings throughout Great Britain. The Government is committed to retaining the Nursery Milk Scheme. In recent years,... More
    Opened 6 years ago
  • Nursery Milk Scheme Survey for Childcare Settings

    This survey asks some questions about your organisation and the milk you provide to children as part of the Nursery Milk Scheme. In answering the questions, include only the milk paid for under the Nursery Milk Scheme and not any other milk you might purchase for staff use or for the... More
    Opened 6 years ago
  • Choice; Further proposals

    The White Paper, Liberating the NHS: Equity and excellence, set out the Government’s ambition to achieve healthcare outcomes that are among the best in the world by involving patients fully in their own care, with decisions made in partnership with clinicians, rather than by clinicians... More
    Opened 6 years ago
  • Front of Pack Nutrition Labelling

    The Governments across the UK are committed to the provision of nutritional information to help consumers make better informed food choices - and so to help them improve their health, guard against risks such as obesity and conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, and... More
    Opened 6 years ago
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