The GMC said more needs to be done to ensure consistency of induction for all doctors, and especially for those coming here to work from outside the UK.
It said a basic induction scheme will ensure doctors get an early understanding of the ethical and professional standards they will be expected to meet.
Around 12,000 doctors from the UK, Europe and countries around the world, start working in the UK for the first time each year, but the GMC said there is evidence that some start practicing with ‘little or no preparation’ for working in the UK.
It also said it is also aware of some locum doctors taking on duties for which they have not been appropriately trained.
GMC chief executive Niall Dickson said: ‘While there is much to celebrate about medical practice in the UK, the challenges are also clear – we must do more to make sure that all doctors understand the standards expected of them.
‘Developing an induction programme for all doctors new to our register will give them the support they need to practise safely and to conform to UK standards. This will provide greater assurance to patients that the doctor treating them is ready to start work on day one.’