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GMC re-registers nearly 4,000 former GPs to join coronavirus battle

Around 3,800 GPs are among 11,856 former doctors who have re-registered with the GMC to join the NHS in the fight against coronavirus.

The GMC said that out of the returning doctors:

  • Around 32% are GPs;
  • Around 34% are specialists;
  • 82% are in England; 10% in Scotland; 4.5% in Wales and 3.5% in Northern Ireland;
  • 59% are male;
  • and their average age is 52.7.

Accoding to the regulators, they are all ’fully qualified and experienced doctors who left the register or gave up their licence within the last three years and have a UK address’. They also ‘have no outstanding complaints, sanctions or conditions on their practice’.

UK law states that the Government can ask the GMC to temporarily register doctors no longer in practice in an emergency and the GMC said ‘that request has now been made’.

Last week it wrote to 15,000 doctors - including 5,000 GPs - asking them to consider re-registration, and only just over 3,000 opted out.

The re-registered doctors do not have to pay a GMC registration fee and if they are asked to practise by the NHS they will not have to pay for their medical indemnity.

Dame Clare Marx, Chair of the GMC, said: ‘The challenge facing our health services, and indeed the UK as a whole, is unprecedented. Doctors are leading the fight and are working under immense pressure. Returning to practice in the current situation is a major commitment, and we are very grateful to each and every one of the doctors who are doing so.

‘We realise that for many the decision about whether to return clinical work, and what roles they might be willing to do, is a difficult one. Doctors who had left the profession are under no obligation to return, and even now that temporary registration has been granted they are still able to change their minds if they wish, for any reason.’

Readers' comments (22)

  • I think some people have forgotten 2019, and every year GPs have been nailed. Those that clapped you, once complained against you and chose to dominate and condescend you. And they will continue to do so. They will use your kindness and abuse it further and manipulate your heart strings until you strengthen en masse, set your own boundaries and refuse to be a mere slave to a master. Do not let your puppeteer add more strings to your single life. Three are dead, and 2 committed suicide last year. Do not forget that. Even though they have. And do not let them laugh at your fragility also.

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  • "More hoops to jump" How True. I was volunteered by the GMC to return and thought I would help out in my GPSI role in the Heart Failure team at our local Trust. Starting from the GMC on the 27 March and allowing for : Identity checks; Payroll;Occupational health appointments;DBS;Information Governance;NHS Mail account;Online Education ePortfolio and Remote computer access, I was ready to work 9 weeks later, (despite being "fast-tracked".
    Except I am now not needed

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