GSCC to be Scrapped
The General Social Care Council is to be scrapped as part of a government review of quangos.
In future, regulation of social workers will be carried out by the Health Professions Council, which regulates 15 professions including occupational therapists and psychologists, though this is to be renamed.
The government made the announcement as part of a widespread review of "arm's-length bodies" within the Department of Health, which will see the abolition of up to 10 quangos saving up to Â£180m by 2014-15.
Explaining its decision, the DH said it saw "no compelling reason" to retain the GSCC and instead saw "potentially significant benefits from putting the regulation of social workers on a similar footing to the regulation of health professionals".
The government said the decision was in line with the wider reforms set out in the health White Paper, Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS, namely to cut cost and remove duplication and burdens on the NHS.
Source Community Care