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Break-down in patient communication behind a third of allegations about GPs, show GMC figures


“In 1971 … the Government announced its intention to introduce a Bill to reconstitute the GMC. At the same time about 8000 doctors, with support from the BMA, refused to pay the annual £5 retention fee. It was submitted in Parliament that the GMC had asked for amendments of the Medical Act 1956 in order to secure a striking off from the register of any doctor who did not pay the levy.” (Medical Act 1983 : Wiki) In 1990, 147 cases were dealt with by the Preliminary Proceedings Committee (PPC) of the GMC. In that year, 46 cases were referred to the PCC , the Professional Conduct Committee. “In 2000 there were 333 hearing days held at the GMC by 2010 that had risen to 3,493 hearing days” (FTP Reforms Consultation Paper) In 2012, the Annual retention fee was set at £390 with a Certificate of Eligibility for GP Registration of £1,500, representing a contribution of around £17,500 for each GP to the registered charity of which 80% is spent on Fitness to Practice. Around 50% of interventions by the GMC are on GPs with an annual increase of 20 – 25%. With 60,000 GPs on the register and on currents trends and calculations (by the power expansion series), within 15 years, 115% of GPs will have received sanctions by the GMC such as the imposition of conditions, suspension or erasure.

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16 Oct 2013

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