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New monitor in England

24 July 2012
This briefing note sets out how the role of Monitor is changing under the Health and Social Care Act 2012. Although much is still unknown about how Monitor will implement the changes set out in law, this briefing provides an overview of what we know and raises some issues for nurses. 
The RCN has also previously raised concerns about price competition, and we are pleased to note that this not formally part of Monitors responsibilities and has been ruled out be Ministers. We also have previously raised concerns about a rush to FT status, and pleased to note there is no longer a fixed timetable. We had been concerned about a lowering of bar for FT status, particularly given previous sad experience in FTs such as Mid Staffordshire.

If you have any comments or wish to contribute further, please email policy.international@rcn.org.uk