Health and medical law

Implementation of the Certification of Death (Scotland) Act 2011 - Consultation on the expedited "not staying registration" procedure

This consultation seeks views on one aspect of the planned changes to the death certification process in Scotland, which will be implemented from spring 2014. Specifically, it seeks views on the arrangements that should be in place for any rare situations where there is a need and a clear rationale for a funeral to proceed within a specific timescale and where that timescale may not be met if the standard review procedure is followed.

Proposed Smoking (Children in Vehicles)(Scotland) Bill

Proposal for a Bill to prohibit, in Scotland, smoking in private vehicles while a child under 16 years of age is present.

Cross-border healthcare & patient mobility

This consultation document sets out the Scottish Government's approach to implementation of the EU Directive on the application of patients' rights in cross-border healthcare. It seeks views on the detail of the implementation, and examines the effects the Directive may have on Scotland's health system.

Proposals for amendments to  legislation to allow sale of medicines on trains and planes

consultation on proposals to allow sale of medicines on trains and planes.

Creating a new food body

Scottish ministers have agreed to create a new food safety body for Scotland. This consultation on the role of the new body is an opportunity for consumers and industry to tell the Scottish Government what they think about what the new food body should do, and how food safety and standards should be addressed in Scotland in the future.

Indemnity or insurance for regulated healthcare professionals

The government wants to hear views on legislation that would mean all regulated healthcare professionals have to hold indemnity or insurance to practise.

The vast majority of healthcare professionals are already covered by their employer's arrangements, however this legislation would ensure that patients are protected by law if things don't go according to plan. If a patient suffers harm as a result of negligence, they will be able to seek compensation.

Topics for new NICE quality standards and guidance to improve the quality of social care

From April 2013, the role of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) will expand to include social care.

NICE have had a number of joint health and social care topics referred to them to commence work on in April 2013. This consultation seeks views on topics for NICE to produce quality standards and guidance on in the future to help improve the quality of social care and the interface with health services.