General Medical Council role in protecting the general public from harm

Peter McNab made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to General Medical Council

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Dear General Medical Council,

To ensure best practice is maintained, in order to protect the general public from potential harm, does the General Medical Council owe the citizens of the United Kingdom a duty of care in this respect?

If, the above answer is affirmative, what measures are taken by the GMC to ensure that no psychopath has access to vulnerable United Kingdom citizens - given the fact (according to many academics) that psychopaths naturally prey on the vulnerable?

I look forward to your reply.

Yours faithfully,

Peter McNab

FOI, General Medical Council

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FOI, General Medical Council

Dear Mr McNab,


Your information request - F19/10046/SJ


Thank you for your email dated 13 March 2019.


How we will consider your request


We’re going to consider your request under the Freedom of Information Act
2000 (FOIA). The FOIA gives us 20 working days to respond, but we’ll come
back to you as soon as we can.


Who to contact


Sadie Jones will be handling your request. If you have any questions you
can call her on 0161 250 6889 or email her at [1][email address].




Yours sincerely


Loredana Cojan


Information Access Team  Administrator

[2][email address]


0161 240 8189


General Medical Council

3 Hardman Street


M3 3AW




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Sadie Jones (0161 250 6889), General Medical Council

Dear Mr McNab


Your information access request – F19/10046/SJ


Thank you for your email dated 13 March.


The role of the General Medical Council (GMC) is to protect patients and
improve medical education and practice across the UK. As part of this
role, we:

o [1]decide which doctors are qualified to work in the UK
o [2]oversee UK medical education and training
o [3]set the standards doctors need to follow throughout their careers
o [4]where necessary, take action to prevent a doctor from putting the
safety of patients, or the public’s confidence in doctors at risk


We produce [5]ethical guidance for doctors to make sure that they
understand what it means to be a good doctor, the guidance sets the
principles of good practice and describes the professional values,
knowledge, skills and behaviours that we expect of all doctors working in
the UK. Serious or persistent failure to follow the guidance will put a
doctors registration at risk.


Doctors must regularly show us that they’re giving good care to patients
and keeping up to date with their medical education – through a process
called [6]revalidation. Revalidation is an appraisal process where doctors
work with an experienced senior doctor (Responsible Officer) to review
their work by looking at:

·         Feedback from patients and colleagues

·         Training that they’ve completed

·         What they have learnt if something has gone wrong

·         Reflecting on any complaints received about them


Every five years, the responsible officer tells us whether the doctor is
keeping up to date and giving good care. Based on this, we decide if the
doctor can keep their licence.


Who to contact


I hope you find this information useful. If you have any queries about
this, or need anything further, please contact me on the details below.


Yours sincerely

Sadie Jones

Information Access Officer

[7][email address]

0161 250 6889


General Medical Council

3 Hardman Street


M3 3AW


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