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Parliamentary petition calls for doctors to stop paying for GMC

A petition calling for the GMC to become funded by taxpayers rather than through annual fees from doctors has already received over 24,000 signitures in less than a month.

The petition, which was launched at the beginning of February, says the call followed ‘the recent events in relation to the GMC and overturning the MPTS decision’ not to strike off a junior doctor from the medical register after the death of a six-year-old boy.

Mohammed Arif Moothadeth, a consultant in occupational medicine in Newcastle, who opened the petition, said that following the Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba case ‘a significant proportion of doctors are finding it increasingly difficult to justify paying annual retention fees to an organisation whose primary remit is to protect patients’.

He added: ‘Therefore the tax-paying public, and not doctors, have to take responsibility for funding the GMC; similar to the Health and Safety Executive, which is not funded by organisations/employers yet are independent and have enforcement powers.’

The petition comes after the GMC won a High Court bid to strike off Dr Bawa-Garba from the medical register, overruling a decision by the MPTS to suspend her after she was convicted of gross negligence manslaughter.

GPs responded to the case by saying that trust in the GMC has been ‘fundamentally’ undermined, while others called for an investigation into the GMC ‘to examine if it is fit for purpose’

The GMC has come under fire from its own regulator, the Professional Standards Authority (PSA), for the handling of Dr Bawa-Garba’s case.

In its response, the Department of Health and Social Care did not back the petition, instead saying: 'It is right that the cost of regulation is met by those professionals who are regulated.'

Readers' comments (15)

  • CENSORSHIP?

    The GMC fee is tax deductible
    so the Gov is sort of paying

    Like Medical indemnity it would be good if there were 2 or 3 regulators
    then professionals could vote with their feet against this despicable monopoly

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  • CENSORSHIP?

    IS THIS WRITTEN BY THE GMC
    .. WELL THEY WOULD SAY THAT WOULDN'T THEY??

    Government responded:

    The GMC sets standards for doctors, provides support to achieve them
    (?? WHAT SUPPORT??)

    and takes action when they are not met.

    It is right that the cost of regulation is met by those professionals who are regulated.
    (SAYS WHO .. WHO JUDGES IT RIGHT??)


    The GMC is an independent organisation that regulates doctors in the UK, helps to protect patients and improve medical education and practice across the UK.

    WITHOUT GOVERNMENT LAW NECESSITATING MEMBERSHIP IT WOULD DIE AS A PRIVATE ORGANISATION
    AS IT IS SUPPORTED BY GOVRNMENT LAW .. IT IS NOT INDEPENDENT

    In doing so the GMC:
    • decides which doctors are qualified to work in the UK and oversees UK medical education and training;
    (IT CHARGES MONEY TO FOREIGN DOCTORS FOR PLAB TESTS REGARDLESS OF WHETHER THERE ARE ANY JOB OPPORTUNITIES HERE )

    • sets the standards that doctors need to follow, and make sure that they continue to meet these standards throughout their careers;

    THE BMA AND MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS ARE CAPABLE OF DOING THIS FOR THEMSELVES THANKYOU

    • Takes action to prevent a doctor from putting the safety of patients, or the public's confidence in doctors, at risk.
    REGARDLESS OF RIGHT OR WRONG HEADS MUST BE SEEN TO FALL HENCE BAWA GARBA.... ORGANISATIONS AND MINISTERS WILL NEVER BE HELD TO ACCOUNT

    Doctors must pay a fee to register with the General Medical Council and an annual retention fee to remain on the register in order to practise as a doctor in the UK. The standard fee to join or remain on the register is £425, though this is reducing to £390 from 1 April 2018.
    (SO THE GOVERNMENT IS AWARE OF THE COSTS AND LEGALLY ENFORCED MONOPOLY)


    Managing Public Money allows certain public goods and services to be financed by charges rather than from general taxation: this includes registration by statutory regulators, such as the GMC.
    (WHAT HAS MANAGING PUBLIC MONIES GOT TO DO WITH IT HAVING TO BE PAID BY PROFESSIONALS OR FORCING IT TO BE POAID IN THAT WAY??)

    Department of Health and Social Care

    Click this link to view the response online:

    https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/211232?reveal_response=yes

    The Petitions Committee will take a look at this petition and its response. They can press the government for action and gather evidence. If this petition reaches 100,000 signatures, the Committee will consider it for a debate.

    The Committee is made up of 11 MPs, from political parties in government and in opposition. It is entirely independent of the Government. Find out more about the Committee: https://petition.parliament.uk/help#petitions-committee

    Thanks,
    The Petitions team
    UK Government and Parliament


    DEMOCRACY IS A FARCE

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  • The real cause was not the legal system or GMC. The legal system merely relied on the expert witness opinion that this case was an 'open and shut' sepsis and it was appallingly terrible to make a diagnosis of AKI with dehydration on a child with V+D with cardiac dysfunction treated with an ACEI.
    Furthermore,' proper treatment ' would have saved poor Jack. But, From Dr BG's perspective the child was improving, so I am not sure at what point in time this ' proper treatment' should have been given.
    All consequences follow the expert opinion that Dr BG was ' negligent'. At what point in time this was I am not sure, considering Jack was laughing in XR at 120, bouncing about at 1630 and well enough to be transferred to a ward at 1800.
    Also, I am not sure what the ' proper treatment' was delineated to be and whether such treatment would make Jack survive administration of an ACEI around 1900.
    If there are experts out there who disagree with the expert opinion and think it wrong like thousands of doctors like myself, they should perhaps consider what action they must take to set aright what appears to a terrible miscarriage of justice.
    Juries and Judges can only go by expert opinion in these matters, as they cannot know Medicine as experts do.

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  • Why don’t all dr’s just stop paying the gmc fee on one date agreed by all???? Oh yeah....we are as divided as a hobknob is after 10 minutes in a cup of coffee...... resign, retire or get on with it chaps (and ladies).

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  • I have signed it and ask others to and asked the BMA to set up an alternate regulator. We have lost faith.

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