Published on: 15 November 2011
In November 2011, we asked for feedback from stakeholders on this document, which sets out our early thinking on licensing. In February 2012 we published a summary of the responses we received, and set out our reflections on these and demonstrated how we have adapted our proposals as a result. As planned, and following the publication of some proposed licence conditions, we are now seeking further comments on the Framework for an additional four-week period.
If current proposals set out in the Health and Social Care Bill become law, Monitor is likely to need to license providers relatively quickly - by December 2012 for foundation trusts and April 2013 for all other providers. We are therefore starting to think about the shape and content of the proposed licensing regime. This framework document is intended to maximise the opportunity for all stakeholders to contribute to that thinking at an early stage, without pre-empting Parliament’s role.
We first published this document on 15 November 2011, inviting our stakeholders to contribute to our early thinking on licensing. That engagement process closed on 12 December 2011; thank you to everyone who submitted a response. We have published a summary of responses which sets out our reflections on the responses we received, demonstrates how we have adapted our proposals as a result and seeks to clarify points about our proposals where possible. The response document addresses six themes and should be read before responding to tranche 2 engagement documents:
1. the overlap of Monitor’s remit with that of the Care Quality Commission;
2. the creation of a level-playing field for all licensees;
3. our information requirements;
4. the continuity of services risk pool;
5. the treatment of foundation trusts in comparison to other licensees; and
6. our role in relation to competition oversight and integrated care.
As planned, and following the publication of some proposed licence conditions, we re-opened the framework for further comments in February 2012. This period of engagement closed on 5 March 2012.
We will continue to engage with you on our proposed licensing regime. You can sign up to receive alerts from us when a new engagement or consultation document is published. We are also running a series of regional events for providers and commissioners in Newcastle, Bristol, Birmingham and London in February/March 2012 to hear views on the proposed licensing regime. This will help us to shape a regime that protects patients whilst being proportionate and fair to regulated bodies.