18,000 doctors face losing their licence, says GMC

Nearly 18,000 doctors risk losing their licence to practise after failing to engage with the GMC in the run up to revalidation.

GMC chief executive Niall Dickson: doctors could lose licence
GMC chief executive Niall Dickson: doctors could lose licence

GMC director of revalidation Una Lane said the 18,000 doctors who had failed to contact the GMC ahead of revalidation starting this month, could lose their licence to practise. However she said that none of the 18,000 doctors worked for the NHS.

A significant number, around 45%, have an overseas registered address and around 15% are over 65 years old, she added.

Ms Lane said the GMC had made every possible effort to contact the doctors in question and they would be reminded again to contact the GMC when they received their revalidation date early next year.

She said: ‘All of those doctors will be given a revalidation date. When we write to them in early January we will be letting them know that they are putting their licence at risk by failing to engage with us.’

‘The bottom line is if they continue to fail to engage with us we will take steps to remove their licence.’

GMC chief executive Niall Dickson said that some doctors may have failed to get in touch with the GMC because they no longer wish to hold a licence to practise. ‘There may be doctors who are not responding because they want to give up their licence and this is the point they are going to do it,’ he said.

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Register

Already registered?

Sign in

Follow Us:

Just published

Death certification during the coronavirus outbreak

Death certification during the coronavirus outbreak

The MDU's Dr Ed Nandasoma answers questions relating to certifying deaths in all...

Coronavirus: Key guidance GPs need to know about COVID-19

Coronavirus: Key guidance GPs need to know about COVID-19

GPonline provides an overview of the key guidance relating to coronavirus, including...

NICE publishes rapid guidance on managing COVID-19 in primary care

NICE publishes rapid guidance on managing COVID-19 in primary care

New guidance on symptom management in patients with suspected and confirmed COVID-19...

GPs fear missing vital COVID-19 advice as data avalanche swamps NHSmail

GPs fear missing vital COVID-19 advice as data avalanche swamps NHSmail

GPs risk missing vital information during the COVID-19 pandemic because a deluge...

GPs can use NHS volunteers service to check on vulnerable patients

GPs can use NHS volunteers service to check on vulnerable patients

GPs can refer vulnerable patients to the NHS volunteer scheme for support with tasks...

Free coronavirus news and resources on GPonline, MIMS and MIMS Learning

Free coronavirus news and resources on GPonline, MIMS and MIMS Learning

As the coronavirus crisis continues, we at Haymarket are constantly seeking new ways...