Healthcare Improvement Scotland and Scottish Government: operating framework

Sets out how we will work with Healthcare Improvement Scotland, including roles and responsibilities.

Healthcare Improvement Scotland powers

12. HIS has the following statutory powers:

  • Powers of access and right of entry (for the purposes of inspection) in relation to the health service and independent healthcare services
  • The power to direct a Health Board to close a ward to new admissions where there is a serious risk to the life, health or wellbeing of persons
  • The power to require documents in relation to the functions of the Death Certification Review Service
  • Regulatory powers in relation to the independent healthcare sector.



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