The General Medical Council (GMC) is an independent charitable organisation that acts as the UK’s independent regulator for doctors. The Council is independent of the NHS or UK government and promotes, protects and maintains the public’s health and safety, whilst ensuring doctors meet proper medical practice standards.
The General Medical Council is responsible for controlling entry onto the medical register and it also sets standards for postgraduate training and medical schools. The GMC will take action when standards of good medical practise are not met and they have four functions:
- Promoting good medical practice
- Maintaining registers of qualified doctors
- Promoting high standards of medical education and training
- Addressing issues with doctors who may be unfit to practise
The GMC has strong legal powers and their job is to protect patients. They will remove doctors from the register if necessary and take away their right to practise medicine. If you have been affected by medical negligence, the GMC may remove the doctor in question from the register.
Claiming compensation for medical negligence
We rely on doctors and other medical staff to provide us with a high standard of medical treatment, and if they fail to do so, this could have serious consequences on our health and well-being. If you feel that the standard of care you or someone you love has received has fallen short, it may be that medical negligence has occurred. Contact a personal injury lawyer to see if you could be eligible to claim compensation. You may also be able to report the doctor in question to the General Medical Council, if you are concerned about their fitness to practise.
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Date Published: September 9, 2014
Author: David Brown