New General Chiropractic Council launched today
New council part of reforms to raise standards in the chiropractic profession
Monday, 09 February 2009
The new General Chiropractic Council, the third new council set up this year in a series of reforms to professional regulators, takes effect today.
The council is the body established by parliament to regulate and develop the chiropractic profession.
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 and 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.
Health Minister Ben Bradshaw said: "The reforms taking place this year will help increase public and professional trust in how healthcare professionals are regulated.
"These changes will continue to raise professional standards in healthcare and encourage more transparency and high quality services for patients. It is important that councils act independently of the professions themselves, the government, employers and commissioners."
Two more reformed professional regulatory bodies - the General Optical Council and the General Osteopathic Council are expected to commence on the 1 April 2009.
The Department of Health also recently launched a public consultation to make similar changes to the General Dental Council and Health Professions Council in the Summer, and also on proposals for a new pharmacy professional regulator.