Consultation outcome

NHS performers list: changes to suspension regulations

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We received 53 responses to the consultation. The majority (59%) supported automatic suspension from a performers list if a practitioner is suspended by their regulator under an interim order.

It was considered that this is the fairest, most proportionate and consistent approach.

On this basis, we are amending the NHS Performers List Regulations 2013 to come into force by April 2015.

Original consultation


Seeks views on proposed changes to how NHS England should respond when practitioners are suspended by an interim suspension order.

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Consultation description

We are seeking views on what NHS England should do when a practitioner is subject to an interim suspension order. The regulator may issue an interim suspension order when there is a concern about a practitioner.

At the moment, NHS England has to remove practitioners from a performers list if they have been suspended by their professional regulator under an interim order. We are consulting on 2 options for change. Either:

A. NHS England may suspend practitioners from the performers list


B. NHS England is required to automatically suspend practitioners from the performers list rather than remove them

Doctors, dentists, optometrists and ophthalmic medical practitioners may not perform NHS primary care services in England unless they are included on a performers list. This is part of the National Health Service (Performers Lists) Regulations 2013.


Published 31 July 2014
Last updated 11 February 2015 + show all updates
  1. Updated to include consultation response.
  2. First published.