Unregulated practitioners in new authority’s sights

The Healthcare Quality Commissioner Bill, tabled on Wednesday, sets up a new legal framework for healthcare complaints and establishes the new regulatory office of the Healthcare Quality Commissioner.

Among major changes, the reform will give the commissioner greater powers to investigate and take action against health practitioners who aren’t regulated under the national law or are working outside the scope of their registration – defined as “general healthcare” practitioners.

“The bill represents a major reform with an emphasis on improving the quality of care and protecting the public,” the current acting Health Services Commissioner Dr Grant Davies (PhD) told Medical Observer.

“We will be able to go and conduct investigations and make public statements about the very small number of general healthcare practitioners who are acting in unsafe or unethical ways.”

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