Just before Christmas, the DH published a summary of the consultation responses following the consultation on the future regulations governing local health authority scrutiny which took place during the summer (see our August Health Legal Update).

There were 11 consultation questions. The DH has noted several themes emerging from the consultation including:

  • The need for greater clarity about the relationship between health scrutiny, local Healthwatch and Health and Wellbeing Boards
  • Mechanisms for effective scrutiny of foundation trusts
  • Alignment with localism
  • The importance of early and continuous dialogue between health scrutiny and NHS commissioners, and providers developing proposals for service change

New regulations (yes more!) are to be laid before Parliament in early 2013 to come into force from April 2013. Guidance will also be published to accompany them.