The UK has completed a series of reforms to reinforce the importance of public safety in the regulation of healthcare professionals.

The government has modernised the regulation of health professionals including nurses, midwives and dentists to deliver safe and quality care to patients, the Department of Health (DoH) said.

Reforms include appointing each regulator to a council and the addition of independent members onto the council, the DoH said.

Health minister Ann Keen said the reforms will raise professional standards in healthcare and encourage more transparency and high-quality services for patients.

“Healthcare professionals work extremely hard to provide high standards of care that patients expect. Regulatory bodies play a vital role in maintaining these standards and ensuring that those few professionals who fall below them are dealt with fairly and firmly,” Keen said.