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GMC to shake-up investigation process

By Gareth Iacobucci

GPs who fall foul of the GMC face more retraining and restrictions on how they practise, in return for avoiding fitness to practise hearings.

The GMC is consulting on plans to extend the types of cases that can be concluded by ‘consensual disposal', which would mean more cases being dealt with at the investigation stage.

Under the plans, GPs could agree to retraining or restricting a certain area of their practice, as an alternative to having their case referred forward for a fitness to practise panel hearing.

Paul Philip, director of standards and Fitness to Practise at the GMC, said: ‘The fitness to practise procedures are there to ensure that, where a doctor's fitness to practise is in doubt, the case is investigated and dealt with quickly, firmly and fairly, without compromising patient safety.

‘Exploring whether we can extend the use of consensual disposal will ensure that certain cases are dealt with in the most appropriate and proportionate way.'

The consultation runs until August 10.

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