Dear General Medical Council,
On your website you give a few examples of what an unlicensed doctor is not allowed to do, As the examples are a bit limited, please could you answer the following with regards to your guidance and procedures, ….
a) Is a registered (but unlicensed) doctor allowed to carry out a medical examination on behalf of a private company, or indeed on behalf of a government department?
b) Is a registered (but unlicensed) doctor allowed to provide medical advice, opinions and reports to the private company or government department which may be used to make a quasi- judicial decision?
Dear Mr Wood
Your information request F12/5130/SL
Thank you for your email of 26 December 2012 asking for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA).
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Dr Gayle Impey
Information Access Team Administrator
General Medical Council
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Our ref: F12/5130/SL
Dear Mr Wood
Thank you for your email of 26 December 2012. Your request has been considered under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA).
Doctors must hold a licence to practise in order to undertake any form of medical practice for which the UK law currently requires you to hold GMC registration. Doctors without a licence would therefore not be permitted to treat patients, write prescriptions or sign death certificates.
There are some activities for which there is no legal requirement to be licensed but there may, nevertheless, be a contractual requirement by organisations who employ doctors for certain services. It would therefore be possible for a doctor to, for example, produce medico-legal reports without holding a licence but the organisation employing them may require this to ensure that the doctor is in good standing with the GMC.
As an example, Atos Healthcare carries out disability assessments on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions in relation to benefit claims. Atos Healthcare state that all doctors who conduct the assessments must hold a current registration and licence to practise with the GMC. This is stated on their website: http://www.atoshealthcare.com/claimants/...
It is not for the GMC to specify whether a particular organisation should ensure a doctor holds a licence, if the activity the doctor would undertake does not involve medical practice. If there is a particular organisation's requirements you are interested in, I would advise you to contact that organisation directly.
The GMC provides doctors with specific guidance around licensing and this can be found on our website at the below link:
I hope you find this information useful. If you have any queries regarding the way I have handled your request, please contact Julian Graves, Information Access Manager, at [email address].
Information Access Officer
0161 923 6398
General Medical Council
3 Hardman Street
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