Press Round-Up: Regulatory and Professional Discipline February 2018 - March 2018

6 April 2018

General Medical Council (GMC)

Following the case of Dr Bawa-Garba, the GMC has told the Williams Review that reflections completed by doctors should be legally protected. GMC Chair, Professor Sir Terence Stephenson stated:  'For our part, we have concluded that because doctors’ reflections are so fundamental to their professionalism, UK and devolved governments should consider how to protect them in law, if they see fit to do so.'

Chair of the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management (FMLM), Dame Clare, will lead the independent review into gross negligence manslaughter cases  and the equivalent offence of culpable homicide in Scotland. Part of the aim of the review is to support doctors in raising concerns whilst improving patient safety.

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

On 21 March 2018, the HCPC’s Council decided following a consultation, that from 1 September 2021 the entry for paramedics will be degree level. Existing registered paramedics who have not completed a degree level qualification will continue to be registered.

Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)

Proposals are afoot for the NMC to deal with fitness to practise hearings in private. Watch out for the public consultation.

Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA)

The Legal Services Board has approved the new framework for changes to the qualification of solicitors from September 2020. There is a push to progress the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE). Paul Philip, SRA Chief Executive, states: "we welcome the LSB approval for this key next step in our reform programme.  We are committed to introducing the SQE, which will give the public real confidence that all solicitors meet high, consistent standards”

Bar Standards Board (BSB)

The BSB is seeking views on how it deals with the information it receives and the revision of its decision-making processes in relation to professional conduct issues.  The proposal is for a new Independent Decision-Making Body (IDB) consisting of lay and barrister members. The IDB will replace the BSB's Professional Conduct Committee (PCC). You can access the consultation here

Financial Reporting Council (FRC)

The FRC has published its three-year strategy and 2018/19 plan. FRC CEO Stephen Haddrill, stated:

Our work through our three-year strategic cycle is focussed on enhancing the UK’s credentials to compete on the global stage. Improving confidence in UK business for the public interest is vital as the nation navigates through major economic and social upheavals. Our work to promote transparency and integrity in business means ensuring confidence in the way companies are governed, their financial reports and their audits is of utmost importance. Successful companies are vital to society by creating jobs, driving economic growth and helping the UK to prosper. While we don’t have conventional regulatory powers to address weaknesses in corporate reporting, we will through this strategy period ensure Boards are aware of their governance and reporting requirements. Where we find failings we will act.”

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