Regulation of independent health care amendments: consultation analysis

We ran a public consultation from 1 Feb 2023 to 26 April 2023 seeking views on whether further change is needed to the way independent health care is regulated. This report provides an analysis of the responses to that consultation.

Chapter 2: Overview of responses

A total of 71 responses were received. Of these, 20 were from organisations and 51 were from individuals.

Responding organisations included NHS Boards, health professional bodies, and independent healthcare organisations.

A full list of the organisations that responded can be found at Annex A.

Four responses were removed from the consultation entirely. All 4 removed responses were from respondents who submitted 2 responses. In line with Scottish Government guidelines, the original response was removed while the most recent one was included in the analysis.

Of this total of 67 eligible responses, 58 have been published on The remaining respondents did not want their responses to be published, however all responses have been considered in this analysis, irrespective of whether or not they have been published.

The consultation paper included 9 questions. Numbers 1-5 were closed, offering specific response options, followed by a free text box for further comments. The remainder of the questions (6-9) were open, for free text responses only. The full set of questions can be found at Annex B.



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