REGULATION

Published: 17/11/2005 Volume 115 No. 5982 Page 7

Healthcare's two main regulators submitted their vision for control of the NHS market this week as part of the government's review of regulation.

Foundation trust regulator Monitor is expected to argue the case for it to become the sole economic regulator for the NHS.

Healthcare Commission chair Professor Sir Ian Kennedy said last month that the commission's 'emerging view' was that the same body should regulate finance and quality.

At the Labour Party conference in September, Sir Ian described Monitor as 'arguably a body that was set up to handle a transitional period'.

Mike Farrar, who leads Department of Health work on commissioning and providing, has argued that strategic health authorities could have a substantial role in managing the new market, removing trust chief executives not unfit for purpose and setting regional price tariffs (news, page 6, 10 November).