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Health Professions: Regulation and Vacancies

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 144587, tabled on 27 January 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the shortfall in the number of Clinical Technologists needed in UK hospitals and the lack of statutory regulation for the profession.

Answered on

3 February 2021

No such assessment has been made. Information on the number of clinical technologists is not held centrally.

The Government has no plans to extend statutory regulation to clinical technologists at this time. The statutory regulation of healthcare professionals should only be used where the risks to public and patient protection cannot be addressed in other ways, such as through employer oversight or accredited voluntary registration.