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GMC urged to move forward with doctor checks

9th February 2011

MPs have called on the General Medical Council (GMC) to introduce regular checks on doctors' performance without further delay.

The Commons Health Committee has conducted a brief inquiry into the processes proposed for the revalidation of doctors, which would see medical professionals undergoing annual appraisals and more thorough checks every five years to ensure they are fit to remain on the medical register.

Publishing its findings this week, concerns were raised about certain weaknesses in the GMC's plans, including the lack of detail on how doctors will be dealt with if they cause concern.

On the subject of foreign doctors for whom English is a second language, the committee also insisted that more stringent checks are conducted on the ability of a doctor to communicate effectively with their patients.

It added: "Now that late 2012 has been set as the date of implementation, we look to the GMC to ensure that there are no further delays and that the current target date is achieved."

GMC chief executive Niall Dickson welcomed the report and said the body was "determined" to find improve on the current measures.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-800394678-ADNFCR

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