Legislation / Legal
DH: The new General Chiropractic Council, the third new council set up this year in a series of reforms to professional regulators, took effect from last week. Reforms are being introduced to healthcare regulators help to ensure that councils act fairly & robustly, and are seen to be independent.
The White Paper: Trust, Assurance and Safety, published in February 2007, put forward proposals that the councils of regulatory bodies who are responsible for setting & promoting standards for health professionals within the UK, should revise their structure and appointment procedures.
Since the start of 2009 new council membership and structures for three healthcare regulatory bodies have been introduced - the Nursing & Midwifery Council, the General Medical Council, both of which came into being on 1 January 09, and now, the General Chiropractic Council.
Press release ~ General Chiropractic Council (GCC) ~ White Paper: Trust, Assurance and Safety ~ Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) ~ General Medical Council (GMC)
DWP: The Government has announced its intention to allow a group of Turner and Newall (T&N) workers with asbestos related diseases to keep their full Government compensation alongside that paid by the company. The Government currently recovers the lump-sum amounts paid out under the Pneumoconiosis etc (Workers' Compensation) Act 1979, to those who are suffering from asbestos-related diseases, if they also receive reduced T&N compensation.