Future Healthcare

GMC change ‘will benefit doctors’

By Oliver Carterton

Doctors’ defence bodies have welcomed Department of Health plans to reform the GMC’s fitness-to-practise (FTP) procedures.

The MDU’s Dr Michael Devlin said: ‘FTP processes need to be more responsive and proportionate. We agree the GMC should be able to make a decision on a case without a panel hearing, if appropriate.’ 

He said the process was stressful for doctors and it has been clear for a long time the GMC needed the power to amend the FTP procedures in a more efficient way.

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