Letters, calls and emails: GMC to extend terms of office to aid ‘stability'

Dear Editor

The Council of the GMC has 19 medical members elected by the profession. Their terms of office were due to end on 30 June 2007.

By order, the Privy Council has extended the terms of office of all current elected medical members. These terms are now scheduled to run until 31 December 2008. This follows the White Paper, ‘Trust, Assurance and Safety: the regulation of health professionals in the 21st century’, published on 21 February.

This will provide a period of stability during what will be a time of change.

The relevant order will come into force on 10 April 2007. As the terms of office will not now expire on 30 June 2007, the election of medical members, which would otherwise have taken place in 2007, will not now be required.

Finlay Scott
Chief executive, General Medical Council

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