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GMC sets November start date for licensing

By Lilian Anekwe

The GMC has set a date of November 16 for all GPs to register for a licence to practise.

By November 16, all doctors will need a licence in addition to their registration with the GMC in order to practise medicine in the UK.

GPs will be required to register to undertake any form of medical practice in the UK, including, but not limited to, writing prescriptions, holding a post as a doctor in the NHS, and signing death and cremation certificates.

GMC Chair Professor Peter Rubin said the GMC had asked 225,000 doctors whether they wish to apply for a licence to practice is April and almost 50% of doctors have responded, with the ‘vast majority' opting to take a licence.

Professor Rubin added: ‘The introduction of the licence is the first step towards a new system called revalidation, the process through which doctors will be asked periodically to demonstrate that they are up to date and fit to practise in the job they do.

'Licensing is a major milestone. The next stage is to implement revalidation. Once we have the results back from the pilots we will be in a position to draw together a more coherent revalidation timetable.'

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