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New GMC register criticised

GPs have criticised the GMC's method of checking addresses for a new national register.

In a recent letter the GMC tells GPs they do not need to reply if details noted are correct.

But GPs said this increased the likelihood the GMC would hold the wrong information as GPs who had moved or were temporarily absent may not get the letter requesting details.

Dr Stephen Nickless, a sal-aried GP in London, said although GPs were responsible for keeping information on PCT performers' lists up to date and telling the GMC of changes, this did not always happen.

In a worst-case scenario, a GP might not be able to reply to a complaint in time because a GMC letter had gone to an out-of-date address, he added.

'If they're going to charge us £300 a year to be members, they at least ought to have a relatively failsafe system.'

Dr Karen Bevan-Mogg, a freelance GP in London, said the entire performers' list system was limiting for doctors on short-term contracts.

She had to wait two months to re-register on a PCT supplementary list after being removed while undertaking volunteer work in Uganda.

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