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BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 15 July 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:181

Parliament approves changes to GMC

Parliament has approved an amendment to the 1983 Medical Act that will introduce changes to the functions of the General Medical Council. Some of the changes have been called for by the GMC and supported by the BMA. These include the ability to appoint more members to the fitness to practise committees and increasing the period that a person who has been erased from the register must wait before being able to apply for restoration. The amendment specifies five years, from the existing 10 months. Both the GMC and the BMA would have preferred three years. A new committee, the interim orders committee, will be established, and the GMC will in future be able to take into account offences committed abroad.

BMA's proposals

The BMA believes that there are other improvements to procedures that should be addressed as a matter of urgency. It would like the GMC to consider how to speed up the time it takes for a complaint to be processed and investigated. The handling of complaints at an earlier stage needs to be considered. Many complaints which arrive …

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