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Fitness to practise figures plummet

The number of fitness to practise hearings fell by more than 40% last year according to the latest figures released by the GMC today.

It revealed 196 cases were referred to a fitness to practise hearing, compared to 335 in 2006.

The figures show that the number of enquiries received by the GMC increased by 1.6%, from 5,085 in 2006 to 5,168 in 2007.

But of those 1,388 enquiries were referred for a full investigation, compared to 1,864 in 2006.

The GMC claimed the fall down to improved communications with local NHS trusts which meant a greater number of enquiries to the GMC are resolved locally.

Paul Philip, Director of Standards and Fitness to Practise at the GMC said: It's important that we continue to monitor these figures to help identify any trends, and ensure that our procedures and guidance continue to be efficient and effective.'

GMC: claims better communication has reduced number of cases GMC: claims better communication has reduced number of cases

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