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Comment on the Draft Care and Support Bill committee report

19 March 2013

Commenting on the Draft Care and Support Bill committee report published today, Professor Norman Williams, President of the Royal College of Surgeons said:

‘While there are a number of welcome recommendations in this report, we are concerned that the Committee has overlooked the lack of provision in the Bill for involving clinicians and improving quality in the education and training system.

In contrast to the recent commissioning reforms, the changes to education and training are currently employer-driven. The Bill is largely silent about how to formally involve medical professionals in ensuring the quality and outcomes of education and training. The problems with MTAS, still fresh in many doctors’ minds, show what happens when medical professionals are not fully involved in designing an appropriate education and training system.

Getting these reforms right is extremely important. The NHS employs around 1.3 million people and we spend £5 billion on educating and training the workforce. While we support many provisions of the Bill, we strongly believe the Government should accept the recommendation of the Francis Inquiry to better involve clinicians and royal colleges in the education and training system, and look at amending this Bill accordingly.’