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Criminal records outcry

The GPC has attacked new Government guidance to PCTs on running criminal records checks on GPs as 'unhelpful' and open to abuse.

The guidance stated GPs on a trust's list would be required to provide an enhanced criminal record certificate 'if the PCT asks for one with reasonable cause' after November 3.

It added trusts should not request certificates 'as a matter of routine' until the Criminal Records Bureau could cope with the workload.

GPC negotiator Dr Laurence Buckman said the wording was 'very unhelpful'. He said: 'It asks PCTs not to do

it inappropriately, but they might. And if you seriously suspect a GP is a criminal then it's a bit late.'

The guidance said the requirement would cover a 'very small number of individuals' for 'particular cases of doubt'. All GPs will have to produce enhanced criminal records certificates when the CRB's work programme is fully advanced.

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