A new consultation by the Department of Health proposes that GP practices will not be required to be licensed by Monitor – at least for the moment.
Ministers feel that the NHS Commissioning Board is able to “enforce standards equivalent to those included in Monitor’s standard licence conditions”. Furthermore, GPs are not “restricting patient choice against the wishes of local commissioners”.
While the Protecting and promoting patients’ interests – licensing providers of NHS services document relieves GPs of this extra regulatory regime, the situation will be reviewed during the next parliament.
The paper states: “We are recommending that providers of primary medical and dental services should initially be exempt from the requirement to hold a licence. However when the government carries out its proposed review, during the next parliament, of how the licensing regime is operating, it will consider this aspect specifically. It may be that in the light of that review, it would be appropriate to licence providers of primary medical and dental services in future.”
Any interested parties have until 22nd October 2012 to comment on the proposals.