GMC independence is a great British compromiseBMJ 2016; 355 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i5905 (Published 02 November 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i5905
- Abi Rimmer, deputy editor
- BMJ Careers
Having spent seven years at the GMC, Niall Dickson has been in the post longer than he planned. “I originally thought I would do six years here, because that’s the same time I did at the King’s Fund,” he says, “and now it’s been seven so I think I’ve done my stint.”
After a brief spell as a history teacher, Dickson spent his early career as a journalist, and is described by colleagues from that time as both ambitious and highly respected. A true specialist in the field of health and social affairs, Dickson’s move to the King’s Fund in 2004 was not a surprise to those who knew him.
“Good fit” at GMC
In 2010 Dickson moved to the GMC and, although this was a further step away from journalism, former colleagues say that it was a good fit for someone who cared deeply about transparency and accountability in the NHS. For now, …