Princess Royal marks 150 years of the GMC

The Princess Royal visited the GMC Assessment Centre in London and unveiled a plaque to mark 150 years since the introduction of the Medical Act, which led to the establishment of the GMC.

Princess Anne Credit:Chris Renton
Princess Anne Credit:Chris Renton

The GMC was set up to protect the public by distinguishing between qualified and unqualified doctors – 150 years later the two functions of maintaining the list of registered medical practitioners and setting the standards for doctors’ education and training remain central to the GMC’s role.

The first register of 15,000 names appeared in July 1859. Today there are over 240,000 names on the medical register which can be accessed via the GMC’s website.

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