GMC asks doctors whether they want to hold license
The GMC has begun the next phase of the rollout of its licensing campaign by writing to all GPs and doctors in the UK to ask for confirmation they wish to be licensed when it is introduced this autumn.
From autumn 2009 doctors will be required by law to be both registered and hold a licence in order to practise medicine in the UK, and pay an annual £410, or £145 for holding registration without a licence.
GMC chair Professor Peter Rubin said: ‘Doctors have an important decision to make in advance of licensing being introduced. They will have the option of holding registration with or without a licence.
‘The decision should be straightforward for most doctors. However, the decision they will make will depend on their professional situation and the particular activities they carry out.
‘Legal and contractual issues will require many doctors to hold registration with a licence. However the option to be registered without a licence will provide some doctors, particularly those working outside of the UK, with an alternative.'
The licensing process is the first step towards the introduction of revalidation, which will require GPs to undertake a periodic renewal of their licence by demonstrating fitness to practise.
The GMC will announce the start date for licensing shortly, and say information will be sent to GPs in the next few weeks.GMC