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GMC sets August deadline for licensing

By Gareth Iacobucci

GPs have been given a deadline of August 14 to tell the GMC whether they wish to continue practicing in the UK after November.

The decision comes with almost half of all registered doctors yet to confirm whether they want to hold registration with or without a license from 16 November, when all practicing doctors must legally possess a license and GMC registration for revalidation.

To date, only 58% of doctors have responded, 3% of which have requested registration only without a license.

The GMC said it would write to doctors who have not yet responded over the next few weeks, so they can make their decision by the mid-August deadline.

Doctors who don't meet the deadline will automatically be licensed, which the Council said may be unnecessary for ‘a significant minority'.

A GMC spokeswoman said: ‘There are a significant minority of doctors who may not require a licence to practise, such as researchers or academics and that's why it's important that all doctors let us know what their decision is.'

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