GPs who are fleeing Ukraine and want to practise in the UK will see their GMC registration fast-tracked.
This involves offering priority places on PLAB tests, as well as financial help with registration and other application fees, the GMC has said.
While the GMC can only speed up applications from those with refugee status, it will still ‘provide as much support and advice as [it] can for other doctors who are affected by the war’ who want to be registered in the UK.
GMC medical director and director for education and standards Professor Colin Melville said: ‘Doctors with refugee status from anywhere in the world can apply for registration, and we will do everything we can to progress their applications as quickly as possible.’
The regulator also said it has been asked about the GMC’s role in deciding whether UK nationals studying medicine in Ukraine can move to UK medical schools, but that it has no power to make this decision.
Professor Melville said: ‘We do not have a role in determining whether UK nationals studying medicine in Ukraine are able to transfer to medical schools in the UK.’
He added: ‘We appreciate this is a very distressing situation for many people. We continue to work with a range of organisations, including the Medical Schools Council and health services across the four countries of the UK to discuss the support and advice they have available.’
It comes as the Government has confirmed Ukrainian refugees will be guaranteed free access to NHS healthcare including GP appointments, urgent care centres, and hospitals.
The NHS had previously reminded GPs that proof of ID is not needed to register with a practice in updated guidance on providing healthcare to people coming from Ukraine.