Healthcare Improvement Scotland: independent healthcare fees consultation

Closed 11 Dec 2023

Opened 16 Oct 2023


Independent hospitals have been regulated by Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS) since 1 April 2011 and from 1 April 2016, independent clinics where services are provided by a medical practitioner, dental practitioner, registered nurse, registered midwife or dental care professional have also been regulated by HIS.

Following a consultation in early 2023 on various aspects of the regulation of independent healthcare services, we intend to amend current regulations in order to:

  1. regulate independent healthcare services provided by pharmacists and pharmacy technicians which are not provided under the terms of an NHS contract or from non-General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) registered premises;
  2. regulate independent medical agencies providing healthcare services which consist of or include the provision of services by a medical practitioner, dental practitioner, registered nurse, registered midwife, dental care professional, pharmacist, or pharmacy technician. This would include independent medical agencies operating entirely online. 

Read the Regulation of independent health care amendments: consultation analysis 

This further consultation is required to ensure that the fees required for the effective regulation of independent healthcare services is fairly implemented.

Read the consultation paper. The consultation paper contains full background information for this consultation. You may find it useful to read or refer to while responding.

Useful information about responding to this consultation

As you complete your response, each page will provide the option to 'Save and come back later' at the bottom. This means you can save your progress and return to the consultation at any time before it closes. If you don't use this feature and leave the consultation midway through, your response will be lost.

Once you have submitted your response, you can enter your email address to get a pdf copy of your answers sent to you.

On the 'About You' page at the end of this consultation, organisations will have the opportunity to tell us more about their work and/or how their response was informed.

After the consultation has closed there will be a few months delay before any responses are published. This is because we must check any responses to be published abide by our Terms of Use.

A analysis report will usually be published some months after the consultation has closed. This report will summarise the findings based on all responses submitted. It will be published on the Scottish Government website and you may be notified about it if you choose to share your email address with us. You can also join our consulation mailing list where we regularly list newly published analysis reports (as well as new consultations).



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