Notes to editors
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- How to Regulate Health Care in England: An international perspective, by Richard Lewis, Arturo Alvarez-Rosete and Nicholas Mays, is free to download on The King's Fund website.
- In 2005, the Department of Health began a review of regulation in health and social care (excluding professional regulation). This was overseen by a Regulation Review Panel chaired by David Currie, the chairman of Ofcom, the independent regulator of telecoms. It was intended, among other things, to define objectives for regulation, examine the required regulatory functions and put forward how these should be implemented.
- The NHS has seen an increase in the number of regulatory bodies that oversee care since 1997. The creation of the Healthcare Commission, which regulates quality of care, and Monitor, which licenses independent NHS foundation trusts and regulates their financial performance and governance, has transferred significant power away from government, the report says.
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