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GMC chief executive Niall Dickson to step down

The GMC’s chief executive Niall Dickson has announced that he will step down from his position at the regulator at the end of the year.

Mr Dickson, who has held his role at the GMC for seven years, said that after seven years in the role it would be the ‘right moment’ to ’hand over the reins’.

But he said he will spend the remainder of the year continuing to work on programmes of reform at the regulator, including on revalidation, the introduction of a new single medical licensing exam and the speeding up of the GMC’s fitness-to-practice processes.

Mr Dickson said that ’by the end of 2016 I will have served seven years and I think this will be the right moment for me and the GMC to hand over the reins so that there is an orderly transition in senior responsibilities’.

He added: ’We have come a long way and I am incredibly proud of what the organisation has achieved in recent years, but there will be no loss of momentum as I enter my final year in this role.

’We will continue our major reform programme - taking forward revalidation, modernising the medical register, developing a single medical licensing assessment for international and UK medical graduates, speeding up our fitness to practise procedures and making sure they are more proportionate, and pressing for further reforms of our out of date legal framework - as well as introducing a set of internal changes that will make us more responsive, and secure our financial sustainability.’

GMC chair Terence Stephenson will appoint Mr Dickson’s replacement before the end of the year.

Mr Stephenson said: ’Niall has been an unswerving advocate for patients, for dealing proportionately with complaints against doctors and for making the GMC more responsive.’

Readers' comments (35)

  • Good riddance.
    Can they employ someone who has a clue about the practice of medicine now?

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  • Do not forget to shut the door behind you.
    About bl@@dy time.
    You will be missed NOT.

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  • Dear Anyoneoutthere
    Given the evidence of the 2000% increase of suicide amongst doctors under GMC surveillance could a charge of corporate manslaughter be made?
    Paul C

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  • @Paul Cundy - Absolutely. The proffession should be bringing a class action against the GMC. Then let them see how we roll.

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  • ND 'we want doctors to feel protected'.
    Thank heavens he's not been persecuting us!
    He's been as much protection as a 'kick me' sign on the rear. Don't think he has done that much to make the patients safer either by contributing to burnout, stress, and defensive medicine.

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  • Good riddance.

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  • Did he not say ' We want doctors to feel persecuted ' Well, that is what he should have.
    I was presumed guilty for years over a malicious and absurd complaint from a poor, poor severely mentally ill patient.[ I still have sympathy for the patient - he was ill ], but the GMC was not.
    It is impossible to understand how they can proceed with a complaint that had several intrinsic contradictions in the first para, but they did for years.
    I, for one, would tell any young person wanting to be a doctor, please, please, please do not, there is an ogre, an utter monster out there waiting for you to make a mistake, but mostly even when you have not made a mistake.

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  • Really sad that we all celebrate the departure of the leader of the GMC. Something is wrong here, Niall.
    I think it's been forgotten that we all pay the GMC for Registration, Regulation and now Revalidation. So that makes them a service provider to us, their customers. They are not our masters. And as a service provider, they need to be held accountable to their customers for levels of service - set out in service level agreements (SLAs). Welcome to the real world, GMC.

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  • How many doctors under GMC investigation committed suicide during the past 7 years ?

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  • I too mentioned facts of doctors deaths and was moderated. These are facts and not accusations. why are they being moderated???

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