The Department of Health has set up ‘Burden Reduction Challenge Panel’ along with NHS Providers, NHS Confederation and Care England. The panel will review the burdens and benefits of the regulatory activity of the NHS and social care and challenge their use and necessity. Any regulatory activity judged to be unnecessary will be amended or removed.
It will be interesting to see how the panel treads the fine line between consideration of the pressure increased regulatory activity puts on these services and the safety and quality of services being provided.
The first area up for consideration is data and information requests with recommendations being expected in early 2017.
It remains to see how much of a ‘shake up’ of the current regulatory activity this panel will have and what if any changes are made.
The Department of Health is to set up a ‘Burden Reduction Challenge Panel’ in a bid to cut red tape affecting health and social care on the frontline, with data and information requests the first area to be examined. The panel – to be established in partnership with NHS Providers, NHS Confederation and Care England – will look at evidence of both the burdens and benefits of current NHS and social care regulatory activity and will then challenge their use and necessity. Regulatory activity judged to be unnecessary by the panel and relevant officials will be amended or removed, the DH said, with a view to increasing focus on patient contact and care.