GMC abandoning GP address publication

The GMC has bowed to pressure from GPs and broken with a 150-year-old policy of publishing GPs' registered addresses.

The shift from paper to electronic publishing has meant that GPs' addresses were available to a huge audience via the internet.

Responding to concerns raised by GPs, coupled with the fact that an address did not give patients a clear means of identifying a GP because most provided their home address, the GMC stopped publishing addresses on the internet last week.

The GMC now publishes a doctor's GMC reference number for identification, in both print and online.

The change follows a complaint by Cambridgeshire GP Dr Penny Miller (GP, 13 September 2004).

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