General Medical Council

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General Medical Council

QuotationMarkLeft.png The Office of Health Professionals Adjudicator takes over all fitness to practise hearings as from April 2011. 70 GMC staff will transfer to the body and existing GMC panel members will to begin with make up the new panels. Longer term the plan is for three person panels made up of one legal expert, one medical professional and one lay person. The body promises to strip out huge levels of bureaucracy currently in GMC hearings with strict new limits on the quantify of evidence allowed and hearings costs. QuotationMarkRight.pngPulse On Line, 2010 (30 June)[1]

The General Medical Council (GMC) is the independent body which regulates the medical profession in the United Kingdom. It issues guidelines/sets standards by which the professional behaviour of medical doctors (or, strictly, "registered medical practitioners") is judged. Legally established by the Medical Act 1983.

Medically qualified doctors have to be registered with the GMC in order to practice medicine in the UK. Such doctors are also known as registered medical practitioners.

Registered medical practitioners are further subdivided into:

  1. Those with conditions of practice
    • The commonest condition of practice is the endorsement "may only legally practice in approved practice settings. FY2 doctors or others with such endorsements need to be particularly careful as much charity or private work and some locum work is outside approved settings. They also need to be careful to apply to have this endorsement removed after completing a year of registered practice in such an approved setting as it is not removed automatically.
    • Limitations due to GMC fitness to practice determination
  2. Those with no conditions of practice
  3. Those on the specialist register (a register of doctors who are eligible to work as substantive, fixed term or honorary consultants in the health service in the UK)
    • It can be difficult to go into independent specialist practice without being on the specialist register as most private medical insurers and hospitals expect such registration.

Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service

In June 2012 the GMC established the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS) in shadow form to run hearings at which decisions are made about serious concerns about doctors. They write:

"This was to make sure this adjudication role is separate from our role in investigating complaints about doctors.
"The Department of Health (England) is taking forward changes to the Medical Act 1983 to establish the MPTS in law as a statutory committee of the GMC to run fitness to practise hearings. This means Parliament must approve any fundamental changes that we want to make to the MPTS in future. The MPTS will be directly accountable to Parliament and will submit annual reports to the Privy Council. The MPTS has an operational role in running hearings and these changes will transfer all of the powers for running hearings to the MPTS Committee, including, for example, appointing and maintaining the lists of panellists. The legislation will allow these powers to be delegated to the chair of the MPTS."[2]

The GMC is based in London, UK.

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