469. External regulation.

469.     External regulation.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council1 is subject to the oversight of the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care2 and must in the exercise of its functions co-operate with that Council3. Where it considers the decision is not sufficient (whether as to a finding or penalty or both) for the protection of the public4, the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care has powers to refer to the High Court a decision that the fitness to practise of a nurse or midwife5 was impaired otherwise than by reason of his physical or