Ampthill-based Dr John Lockley raises the issue after the Francis report into failings at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust.
He said: ‘I don’t want this in any way to seem anti-manager. I have the privilege of knowing, and working with, many excellent NHS managers: people like this should have no fears about this new regulatory body.
‘It is simply not appropriate for doctors and nurses to perform their duties knowing that they will be held accountable for each and every action, whilst managers have no such concerns.
‘A regulatory body for managers would also solve the current problem about Sir David Nicholson. Many people have been asking for his resignation: I have not been one of them, simply because I don’t know the detailed facts, and so I am not prepared to prejudge him. On the other hand, were a GMC for managers already in place, we could all know that we could ask this body to investigate and that Sir David would be judged on the evidence itself, rather than on the public perception of him.’
The petition reads: ‘The government should set up an independent registration body for NHS managers, to license managers working in the NHS. Negligent, incompetent or bullying NHS managers could then be disciplined by this body, following a hearing, by having their licence to manage suspended or withdrawn, and thus be barred from working further in the NHS.’