Health and Medical Law

The Law Commission - 13th Programme of Law Reform consultation - Surrogacy: Is the law governing surrogacy keeping pace with social change?

The Law Commission are reviewing the law relating to surrogacy in their 13th Programme consultation.

Brain injury and offending

The Scottish Parliament Justice Committee recently wrote to the Society to ascertain whether defence solicitors consider that they have the information and training they need to recognise when brain injury may be present in clients they represent.

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) consultation on revised guidance on returning to the profession

The Health and Care Professions Council are seeking views on draft revised guidance on returning to practice.

Consultation on changes to our Registration and Fitness to Practise Rules and Decisions Guidance

The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) are moving to a fitness to practise model of regulation and are consulting on changes to the rules and guidance on sanctions. The rules also contain changes that will streamline and improve processes and the way they run hearings.

'No-Blame' Redress Scheme: A Public Consultation on Draft Proposals for a 'No-blame' Redress Scheme in Scotland for Harm Resulting from Clinical Treatment

The Scottish Government are consulting on proposals for a no-blame redress scheme for Scotland which will ensure that any patient harmed as a result of poor clinical treatment has access to redress in the form of compensation, where appropriate, without the need to go through lengthy Court processes.

Consultation on the proposals for the introduction of the role of an Independent National (whistleblowing) officer (INO)

In response to the ‘Freedom to Speak Up Review’ the Scottish Government has made a commitment to develop and establish the role of an Independent National Whistleblowing Officer to provide an independent and external level of review on the handling of whistleblowing cases in NHS Scotland.

General Medical Council - Confidentiality - a public consultation on our draft guidance

The General Medical Council is holding a public consultation on a revised draft of their guidance for doctors on confidentiality.

Brain Injury and Offending: Draft Report for Consultation

Following from evidence provided to the Justice Committee in Holyrood, there was recognition of a need to better understand the health needs and services required by people with brain injury who are involved in the Criminal Justice System (CJS). In October 2014, the Cabinet Secretary tasked the National Prison Healthcare Network (NPHN) to instigate a work stream to produce this report.