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New red tape reductions announced by Department of Health

18th December 2013

The Department of Health (DH) has made significant reductions to the amount of regulations governing the health and care sector under new plans to minimise red tape.

A review carried out by the department found 128 of the 555 regulations covering public health, quality of care, mental health, NHS and professional standards were not necessary, while a further 252 could be improved.

As such, outdated rules banning the sale of HIV home testing kits are being overturned and various professional standards regulations are to be simplified, while DH will work with the Department for Communities and Local Government to reduce duplication of care home inspections.

Other changes include a review of the Deprivation of Liberty forms used by hospitals and care homes, updates to the Nursery Milk regulations and a simplification of the paper vouchers used in the Healthy Start scheme.

A government statement said: "Many of DH's regulations are essential to make sure patients and the public are properly protected … The department has however looked at where regulatory reform is appropriate and should be made to reduce unnecessary burdens."

The department also confirmed last month that efforts to reduce levels of bureaucracy will continue under new reforms to be implemented in response to the recent Francis Inquiry.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801674048-ADNFCR

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