On 5 March 2010, the Department of Health opened a consultation on its proposed regulations on the “duty of co-operation”, relating to the sharing of information about the conduct or performance of health care workers to protect patient safety. If implemented, the regulations will impose duties on designated bodies, including employers and contractors of health care workers, in all sectors, and regulatory bodies, regarding sharing information about the conduct or performance of health care workers in order to protect patient safety. The regulations will require that appropriate safeguards are put in place before any relevant information is shared.

This consultation is open until 4 June 2010 and the DoH is looking for feedback from individuals and health organisations. To take part, view the consultation at: http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/Consultations/Liveconsultations/DH_113563