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November 4, 2011
Admin staff play important repeat prescribing role but need training, say academics

Receptionists should "step out of the shadows" and make their contributions to repeat prescribing "explicitly" known to GPs, it is argued.

A study, published in the British Medical Journal, found receptionists and administrative staff in general practices across the UK often make "important 'hidden' contributions and judgments" to repeat prescribing.

October 14, 2011
NHS Medical Director Professor Sir Bruce Keogh has called for “rapid” progress to be made in preparation for revalidation of doctors in England

NHS Medical Director Professor Sir Bruce Keogh has called for "rapid" progress to be made in quality and safety areas in preparation for revalidation of doctors in England.

A report by the NHS Revalidation Support Team (RST) 'Review of integrated clinical governance in the context of medical revalidation' aims to provide a 'snapshot' of the state of organisational readiness for medical revalidation in England at March 2011.

October 5, 2011
Overseas doctors with a “poor grasp” of the English language will be barred from working for the NHS, under new rules announced by the Health Secretary

Overseas doctors with a "poor grasp" of the English language will be barred from working for the NHS, under new rules announced by Health Secretary Andrew Lansley yesterday (4 October).

In his address to the Conservative Party during its annual party conference in Liverpool, Lansley said, "proficient language skills were equally as important as proper medical qualifications" when practicing as a doctor in England.

September 28, 2011
More doctors are being referred to the General Medical Council (GMC) “than ever before”, says the regulator

Fitness to practise complaints to the General Medical Council (GMC) have risen by nearly a third (30%) since 2004, new figures from the regulator reveal.

However, GMC Chief Niall Dickson says this does not “necessarily indicate that standards are slipping” but instead that health employers are more determined to deal with poor practice among doctors.

September 19, 2011
GMC consultation on regulating how a doctor behaves outside working hours has sparked fears among GPs

The General Medical Council's (GMC) consulation on whether it should regulate how a doctor behaves outside working hours has sparked fears among GPs 

The GMC is currently polling the public through social networking websites such as Facebook and Twitter on whether it should "regulate doctors' lives outside medicine".

The informal discussions come a month before a formal review of the GMC's 'Good Medical Practice' guidelines. 

September 16, 2011
Newly qualified doctors from outside the country are undertaking clinical practice with little or no preparation for working in the UK, research suggests

Newly qualified doctors from outside the country are undertaking clinical practice with little or no preparation for working in the UK, research suggests.

The first State of Medical Education report published by the General Medical Council (GMC) claims more needs to be done to ensure consistency during induction periods for all doctors.

December 18, 2008
A GP told the GMC that his decision not to administer penicillin to patient who died of meningitis "possibly the worst I've ever made"

A doctor who made a "devastating error of judgment" which resulted in the death of an eight-year-old girl has been told he can continue to practise medicine.

Dr Alastair Graham suspected that Courtney Guy had the deadly brain infection meningitis, but failed to follow national guidelines by giving her penicillin or calling 999 for an ambulance when treating her.

October 27, 2008
NHS Alliance warns that the absence of GMC guidance over reward schemes for cutting referrals means GPs and PCT directors could stand accused

The General Medical Council (GMC) should issue guidance on PCT incentive schemes that reward GPs who cut referrals to hospitals, says the NHS Alliance.

The primary care body says that, in the absence of professional guidance, both GPs and PCT medical directors could stand accused of breaking GMC rules if a patient came to harm following a decision not to refer, even if that decision was in line with good practice.

August 4, 2008
Report claims that denying foreign nationals access to UK GP care could lead to outbreaks of infectious diseases

GPs could be breaching medical ethics and possibly legal guidelines by complying with government plans to deny failed asylum seekers access to free GP care, it has been reported.

According to campaigning doctors from the Global Health Advocacy Project, three-quarters of submissions received by the government from healthcare professionals say the proposals would break ethical guidelines set by the General Medical Council, the Observer has reported.

July 11, 2008
Calls for doctors to tell patients in advance if they object to providing abortions or IVF have been narrowly rejected

Calls for doctors to tell patients in advance if they object to providing abortions or IVF have been narrowly rejected.

Best practice guidance from the General Medical Council (GMC) says doctors should be open about treatments they will not provide.

But doctors at the British Medical Association's annual conference in Edinburgh voted by 50.6% to 49.4% against calls for them to "make every effort to inform patients in advance, for example through practice leaflets" which doctors will advise on issues like abortion and IVF.

May 20, 2008
New GMC guidance urges doctors to rethink their approach to discussing medical issues with patients

Doctors have been urged to rethink their approach to discussing medical issues with their patients in new General Medical Council (GMC) guidance launched yesterday (20 May 2008).

The guidance says patients should be actively engaged in discussions, allowing them to make decisions based on their individual needs and circumstances.

As part of this approach, consent should not be seen as a “tick-box exercise”, the GMC has warned, “but as part of a wider decision-making process, in which both parties have an important role to play.”

November 20, 2007
GP accused of pursuing an emotional and sexual relationship with two patients at his general practice has faced GMC hearing

A GP accused of pursuing an emotional and sexual relationship with two patients at his general practice faced a General Medical Council (GMC) hearing today (Tuesday 20 November 2007).

The allegations are against Dr Oladapo Idowu, a GP from Newport, South Wales.

It is alleged that one of the patients he is accused of having an improper relationship with had a baby, of which Dr Idowu was the father, and that he told that patient to name the baby's father as a different name from his own.

September 27, 2007
New publication aims to clarify doctors' dilemmas over treating under-18s and says children should be taken seriously

The General Medical Council (GMC) has laucnhed new guidance  today (27 September 2007) outlining doctors' roles and responsibilities towards children and young people.

This is the first time that doctors' specific duties in this area have been defined by the GMC, the regulator for the UK's 240,000 doctors.

Under 18s make up more than a fifth of the UK's population, says the GMC, which argues that young people need to be protected from harm and rely on others for their wellbeing – yet it can be challenging for doctors to balance competing interests.