Intended for healthcare professionals

Rapid response to:

Observations Body Politic

A discriminating judgment

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 14 July 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a809

Rapid Response:

Re: Retired Members and the GMC

The GMC and Identity Theft.

Sir, - Like many other doctor over 65 I have been faced with the
dilemma of what to do in the light of the General Medical Council's
decision to withdraw my exemption from payment of the Annual Retention

If I decide to accept the so-called "voluntary" removal of my name
from the Register I will have to complete the form the GMC sent me which
includes the provision of a large amount of my personal data. If I sign
Section 8, the Final Declaration, I give the GMC and its agents, present
and future, a free hand in respect of what they do with that information
including the right to send it outside the European Economic Area.

This is frightening and so I sought specialist advice. I now have
been told that to complete and sign the form would place me in grave
danger of having my identity stolen.
Can anyone, then, afford to sign it?

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Competing interests: No competing interests

14 August 2008
Norman A Simmons
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