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Thursday, 22 December 2005

A vision of OFHEALTH

We have OFCOM, OFWAT and OFSTED, amongst others 'OFs', so why not OFHEALTH? It could be not far off, judging by Monitor’s Board minutes of 29 November 2005. We quote:

"At the time of its establishment in January 2004, Monitor had been erroneously classified by the Cabinet Office as an Executive NDPB, contrary to the Government’s stated intention during the passage of the Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill that Monitor should be a Non-Ministerial Government Department.

In its report Reconfiguring the Department of Health’s Arms Length Bodies, which was published in July 2004, DH had committed to formally establishing Monitor as a Non-Ministerial Government Department as soon as a suitable legislative opportunity arose. The current Health Bill afforded such an opportunity. The ratification of Monitor’s status would strengthen its independent regulatory role and establish Monitor on the same statutory basis as other regulators such as OFWAT, OFGEM and Postcomm. The Board agreed that Monitor should now ask DH officials to make this change."

This is clear evidence that Bill Moyes sees his future as chief regulator of OFHEALTH, with Ian Kennedy's Healthcare Commission in a featured player role, but definitely much further down the regulatory bill.

Andrew Craig | Send feedback