Published: 14/03/2002, Volume II2, No. 5796 Page 8

Government and healthcare regulation bodies have reached agreement on the powers and remit of the new Council for the Regulation of Healthcare Professionals, which will oversee all regulatory bodies.The new council will act as an 'overarching body' to oversee the individual regulators, but not get involved in the direct regulation of healthcare professionals. Instead it will ensure the consistency of the work of the regulators.As a last resort it will be able to require a regulator to change the rules in the public interest, provided both Houses of Parliament agree.