Doctors’ representatives have backed a call for the regulation of healthcare assistants as part of a drive to ensure health services are “properly regulated”.
The British Medical Association annual representatives meeting in Cardiff last week backed a motion saying the union “demands providers of health services are properly regulated where there are potential risks to patients in the form of invasive procedures, interventions with the potential for harm, or the exercise of judgement which could substantially impact on the health or welfare of vulnerable patients”.
Helena McKeown, a GP from Salisbury who proposed the motion, and other supporters, said they wanted to see the Care Quality Commission sufficiently funded to properly regulate providers. It has recently admitted its work is limited by its budget.
However the doctors also said all health professionals should be regulated. Dr McKeown told the meeting: “The motion not only demands regulation for all but effective regulation.”
It adds to calls for professional regulation for healthcare assistants. The government has said it is against the move. But Nursing Times last week reported a growing movement hoping to amend the Health Bill, as it passes through Parliament, to introduce the change (28 June, news, page 3).