Published on: 18 December 2012
This is our consultation on draft guidance which sets out Monitor's general approach to exercising our enforcement powers in relation to potential and actual breaches of the licence and other regulatory obligations. The consultation closed on 11 February 2013.
The Health and Social Care Act 2012 (the Act) makes changes to the way providers of NHS health care services will be regulated, and gives Monitor new duties and powers.
Monitor's enforcement guidance explains the action we can take to require compliance with the provider licence and other regulatory obligations on providers, and the process we will follow to take action. It sets out the proposed process for prioritising issues, deciding on the action to take and seeking input from stakeholders on our proposed actions.
We have been consulting on the general approach that Monitor proposes to take to using its enforcement and competition law powers over health care providers. Parts of it apply to others who may be required to supply Monitor with information.
The draft guidance contains the following chapters:
The consultation closed on 11 February 2013.
We hope and expect that we will receive a lot of responses to this consultation, so we do not intend to write back to everyone who contacts us. However we will read and consider all responses and, when we publish the final guidance, explain how your comments and views influenced our approach.
Subject to the results of the consultation, we intend to finalise our enforcement guidance ahead of April 2013, when we expect these powers will come into force.
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