GMC and AoMRC launch professional skills and capabilities consultation

A consultation aimed at making doctors better professionals, communicators and leaders has been launched by the General Medical Council (GMC) and the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AoMRC). The consultation will seek views on a proposed framework for generic professional capabilities sought, including the outcomes that all doctors will have to demonstrate by the end of their postgraduate specialty training. The framework clarifies the core knowledge, skills and behaviours which doctors need... Readmore

GMC proposes new time limits on publishing sanctions

The General Medical Council (GMC) has announced proposals for new time limits for how long sanctions on a doctor’s registration are published online or made available to the public. According to Niall Dickson, Chief Executive of the GMC, the consultation is about making the information more accessible and making the decisions taken by the GMC clearer for patients and the public. Under current rules, when a doctor receives a sanction the outcome is published on the GMC’s website and disclosed... Readmore

NHS pension scheme changes could lead to exodus of medical academics claims BMA

The British Medical Association (BMA) has declared that action needs to be taken to prevent an exodus of medical academics following changes to their pension scheme. Responding to a consultation, the BMA stressed the need for protections and transitional arrangements for academics that are approaching the end of their careers. The issue is that the USS (Universities Superannuation Scheme) wants to close its final salary pension scheme in April 2016 and move to a career-average revalued earnings... Readmore

GP crisis could “destroy” the NHS hears BMA conference

A warning that the general practice (GP) funding and recruitment crisis could “destroy” has been issued by a leading member of the British Medical Association (BMA). Speaking at the annual two-day Local Medical Committees (LMCs) conference which is taking place from 21 to 22 May at the Institute of Education in London, BMA GPs committee chair Dr Chaand Nagpaul warned that patient demand, declining recruitment and lack of investment in general practice could lead to the collapse of the wider... Readmore

Heavy workload having “negative impact” on patient care say GPs

More than 15,500 UK GPs believe their heavy workload is having a “negative impact” on the quality of patient care according to a British Medical Association (BMA) survey published today. “This poll highlights that GPs’ ability to care for patients is being seriously undermined by escalating workload, inadequate resourcing and unnecessary paperwork”, said BMA GPs committee chair Chaand Nagpaul. “Many GPs do not feel they have enough time to spend with their patients and that these... Readmore

GMC launches major survey for doctors in training

The General Medical Council (GMC) is launching the world’s largest postgraduate medical education survey to gauge the quality of medical education and training in the UK. The national training survey (NTS), which gets underway on Tuesday 24 March, involves more than 50,000 doctors and provides important information about how well the system is working. It is open to all doctors in foundation and specialty training programmes, including GP training. And following concerns raised in the 2014... Readmore

GMC investigation decisions “fair and consistent” says new research

Decisions made by the General Medical Council (GMC) during investigations into doctors who have been subject of a serious complaint are “fair and consistent” according to independent research published today. The review, carried out by researchers at Plymouth University, found that the decisions made in 187 randomly selected cases were appropriate as well as being in line with GMC guidance criteria. “There are more than a quarter of a million doctors on our register and relatively few are subject... Readmore

Doctors leaders demand greater resources for GPs

Politicians and NHS managers must ensure ‘overstretched and underfunded’ GP services are properly resourced, say doctors leaders. Referring to figures in a Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) report which show details of NHS payments made to general practices in 2013-14, BMA GPs committee chair Chaand Nagpaul said that they show how good value general practice is for the NHS but warns that GPs are “finding it increasingly difficult to make funding meet demands.” The HSCIC... Readmore

Licence to practise at risk for 8000 doctors warns GMC

The General Medical Council (GMC) has advised almost 8000 doctors that they have until the end of the week to provide information in support of their revalidation or face having their licence to practice removed. Doctors have a duty under the GMC’s Licence to Practise and Revalidation Regulations to provide information but as yet 7,818 have failed to do so. Those who do not respond will receive a final notice letter advising them that they have 28 days to confirm their designated revalidation... Readmore
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