GMC fairness probed in independent review

The GMC has commissioned independent research to assess the fairness of its approach to regulation.

GMC chief executive Niall Dickson: regulation assessed
GMC chief executive Niall Dickson: regulation assessed

A survey launched on 20 September will investigate whether doctors think the GMC is regulating in a fair and objective way. It also seeks to examine whether doctors from different backgrounds have different views of the GMC’s fairness and objectivity.

Researchers will evaluate doctors' views of the process for registering with the GMC, the implementation of revalidation and fitness to practise procedures.

The GMC commissioned independent agency the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen), to carry out the research. Nearly 7,000 doctors will be asked to take part and will be drawn from an anonymous sample of doctors on the GMC register.

The regulator said that the results will help to ensure it applies its standards consistently, and to make fair decisions, regardless of doctors’ backgrounds.

GMC chief executive Niall Dickson said: ‘As an organisation we are committed to listening and improving what we do. We know that we can be controversial at times and that we must do more to understand concerns about the work we do.

‘This will help us ensure that we are regulating as fairly and objectively as we can. This feedback will also to help to make sure we apply our standards consistently and address any concerns that doctors raise through the survey.’

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