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The GMC will refer all complaints which do not call into question a GP's fitness to practice back to PCOs from next week.

The move is part of the council's new twin-track approach to complaints which puts more emphasis on local trusts to deal with cases.

Speaking at a conference in London last week, Finlay Scott, chief executive of the GMC, said local systems of regulation had to be made more effective.

‘If not, then in 10 years' time our successors will be having

exactly the same conversations about the same problems,' he said.

Mr Scott said the GMC's plans for a ‘four-layer model of regulation', with an emphasis on individual and team regulation as well as organisational and national regulation, would enable the GMC to take a ‘lighter touch' approach.

He said: ‘Where it doesn't work we have to be intrusive and do more work ourselves.

‘Many of the bad headlines over the last 10 years have been a result of a failure of team regulation. Too often a blind eye has been turned.'

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