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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-13569: Miles Briggs (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 19 December 2017

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-12864 by Shona Robison on 29 November 2017, in light of the consultation discussing the need for "greater co-operation and data sharing between the professional regulators and other parts of the healthcare regulatory system" and highlighting the role of the Care Quality Commission as a system regulator, how this could be achieved, given that Scotland does not have a system regulator equivalent to the Care Quality Commission.

Answered by: Shona Robison 9 January 2018

The legislative functions of Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS) are broadly similar to those of the Care Quality Commission.

The functions and powers of HIS include: supporting, ensuring and monitoring the quality of healthcare provided or secured by NHS Scotland and the provision of quality assurance and accreditation. HIS also has powers in relation to inspections and registration of independent healthcare services.

In addition, Scottish Ministers have direction making powers under Section 10A(3) of the National Health Service (Scotland) Act 1978: in carrying out its functions, HIS is to act subject to, and in accordance with, such directions as may be given by the Scottish Ministers.