Instead of Location, its Regulation… (*3)

In a perfect world with adequate resources this might be possible, but unfortunately the culture of fear and dumbing down to Lowest Common Denominators does not bode well for this suggestion. Reasonable rationing in today’s financial climate?

The Times letters 11th Feb 2017:


Sir, There is a place for a merged General Medical Council and Nursing and Midwifery Council if it provides more transparency and better protects patients (report, Feb 8, and letters Feb 10). But the NHS has thousands of professionals working within clinical physiology disciplines who perform procedures including endoscopies, checking the running of pacemakers and exercise stress tests to name but a few, who are subject to no regulatory oversight whatsoever, despite performing roles that affect patient care and safety. This continues to be overlooked.

The Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists operates a register that sets and monitors standards for clinical physiologists, but it is a voluntary register and only about half of those who could register, do. If ministers are considering changes to regulatory structures in healthcare to improve transparency and patient safety, mandatory regulation of all those who carry out the type of work that clinical physiologists do must be considered.

Paul Sharpe

CEO, Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists

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About Roger Burns - retired GP

I am a retired GP and medical educator. I have supported patient participation throughout my career, and my practice, St Thomas; Surgery, has had a longstanding and active Patient Participation Group (PPG). I support the idea of Community Health Councils, although I feel they should be funded at arms length from government. I have taught GP trainees for 30 years, and been a Programme Director for GP training in Pembrokeshire 20 years. I served on the Pembrokeshire LHG and LHB for a total of 10 years. I completed an MBA in 1996, and I along with most others, never had an exit interview from any job in the NHS! I completed an MBA in 1996, and was a runner up for the Adam Smith prize for economy and efficiency in government in that year. This was owing to a suggestion (St Thomas' Mutual) that practices had incentives for saving by being allowed to buy rationed out services in the following year.

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