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Government makes bid to cut health and social care red tape

New panel includes NHS Providers, NHS Confederation and Care England

Caroline White

Friday, 30 September 2016

The Department of Health has made a bid to cut red tape in health and social care, with the aim of increasing the focus on patient contact and care, it has announced.

Health Minister Lord Prior has forged an alliance with leading health and social care organisations, including NHS Providers, NHS Confederation and Care England and set up the Burden Reduction Challenge Panel.

Panel members will also include senior figures from the Department of Health, its arm’s length bodies, and membership organisations.

The panel will look at evidence of how current NHS and social care regulatory activity benefits health and social care, but also imposes burdens on it, with the aim of challenging their use and necessity.

The organisations involved will talk to health professionals to provide the evidence that will feed into the panel, which has pledged to remove or amend any regulatory activity judged to be unnecessary.

The panel’s first session will focus on data and information requests, at both national and local level.

“To address fundamentally the burden of red tape across health and social care, we need to look through the lens of those on the frontline. We will make changes to deliver tangible benefits for both staff and patients,” commented Lord Prior.

The panel represents a commitment by all members to reduce unnecessary regulatory burdens on frontline staff, increasing focus on patient contact and care, he said.

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