Issues with revalidation and fitness to practise mar overall good performance by GMC – House of Commons Select Committee – Health – 2 April 2014
“The Health Committee’s annual review of the General Medical Council (GMC) has found that the GMC is making steady progress in protecting patients. The Committee’s report, which follows the regulator’s accountability hearing, warns, however, that more can be done to build confidence in the professional regulation of doctors.”
“The Committee found that:
The GMC’s fitness to practise successfully produce outcomes that protect patients from sub-standard doctors but failures to communicate the reasons for decisions and poor investigative practices have undermined a small number on investigations.
The system of ongoing revalidation of doctors has been launched smoothly but the Committee has serious concerns regarding the ability of responsible officers to oversee revalidation.
The Government’s legislative programme is likely to further delay reforms that would allow the GMC to appeal fitness to practice tribunal decisions.”