Published: 17/03/2005, Volume II5, No. 5947 Page 10

The checks 800,000 healthcare professionals in the NHS and private sector undergo to ensure they are fit to do their jobs are to be reviewed, the government was due to announce today.

The review will cover dentists, pharmacists, nurses, midwives, opticians, osteopaths and chiropractors, as well as the 13 professions covered by the Health Professions Council.