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N Ireland and Wales to adopt reforms



All the devolved governments apart from Scotland look set to take up the reforms outlined in the regulation white paper in full.

Although the white paper, which is based on a report by the CMO for England, asks devolved administrations to develop their own similar proposals, stakeholders admitted that few changes were likely.

Dr Brian Dunn, GPC Northern Ireland chair, said he expected the white paper to have the same impact as in England.

'Whatever affects the GMC affects all of us,' he said. 'Sir Liam Donaldson took a lot on himself in that it will be imposed upon three countries.'

He said the CMOs in the devolved countries were unlikely to challenge the white paper's proposals even though they were allowed limited input.

'Whether their noses are out of joint or not, they'll still implement it,' he said.

In Wales, health minister Dr Brian Gibbons said: 'This is not a devolved matter. The Welsh Assembly Government has fed into the consultation but it has been run by the Department of Health.'

However a spokesperson for the Scottish Executive said that, although it was committed to UK-wide regulation of healthcare professionals, there were 'still a number of areas where Scotland must decide what is the most appropriate solution'.

Dr Dean Marshall, GPC Scotland chair, said the white paper would 'cause a problem for the devolved nations because it's fairly vague'.

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