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Mason and McCall Smith's Law and Medical Ethics

Mason and McCall Smith's Law and Medical Ethics (12th edn)

Anne-Maree Farrell and Edward S. Dove
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date: 25 April 2024

p. 1044. The Regulation of Health and Social Care Professionalslocked

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  • A. M. FarrellA. M. FarrellChair of Medical Jurisprudence at the University of Edinburgh
  •  and E. S. DoveE. S. DoveReader in Health Law and Regulation at the University of Edinburgh

Abstract

This chapter provides an overview of the regulation of health and social care professionals in the UK, with a focus on the work of the statutory professional regulators and the concept of fitness to practice. The chapter addresses different elements of the fitness to practise process, looking at case law in this area, including aspects of sexual misconduct and dishonesty. The chapter then considers the operation of the professional duty of candour, looking at barriers to embedding candour. It concludes with some reflections on the future of professional regulation, including the impact of longstanding calls for reform in this area.

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