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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our fitness to practise procedures and making sure they are more proportionate, and pressing for further reforms of our out of date legal framework - as well as introducing a set of internal changes that will make us more responsive, and secure our financial sustainability.’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)

  • Cheaper just to merge the GMC and the Daily Mail.

    May have more entertaining results.

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  • you forgot to mention in your achievements a signigicant increase in doctor salem witch hunting, spreading fear amongst doctors so they practice very very defensively, investigating more doctors than ever before, giving patient the benefit of doubt, treating all doctors as guilty until proven innocent.

    Not even an apology for the losses. I feel you might not be missed.

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  • Also for the fiasco of revalidation where many doctors who did not work in the NHS were stripped of their licence to practice for not fitting in neat categories.

    Shame shame shame and good riddance

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  • And he does not deserve a gong, it would be an insult to those who have died's families as well as those currently suffering by working under false accusations by his organisation.

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  • I will be celebrating tonight with a gin and tonic.
    "Good Luck" as they said on the Great Escape.
    Hunt's departure will require something a little fancier.

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  • Marvellous news. I'm sorry but this man's relentless preaching about the safety of patients that he used to justify ever increasing jeopardy for doctors has turned the GMC into an out of control rogue organisation that was both feared and held in utter contempt by any doctor (and there have been thousands) who were entirely innocently ensnared in its widening net. The GMC really has now got its work cut out to rebuild trust with a very disillusioned profession. He has been an unmitigated disaster and all doctors should celebrate his passing.

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  • Please can we have a doctor? A real doctor, not a political one?

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  • So long, farewell, aufweidersehn, goodbye...

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  • Dracula going on retirement- Only wine from now on Pop

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  • 7 years of increasingly low morale,early retirements,increased regulation and understaffing-absolute triumph.Where to next I wonder?

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