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Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement 2016

Introduction

  1. 1. This statement sets out our actions to identify the potential modern slavery risks related to our business and the steps we have taken to ensure, as far as possible, that there is no slavery or human trafficking in our business and our supply chains. This statement relates to the period 1 January 2016 to 31 December 2016.
  2. 2. As a public sector body, the GMC recognises that it has a responsibility to take a robust approach to slavery and human trafficking and is absolutely committed to preventing slavery and human trafficking in its corporate activities, and to ensuring that its supply chains are free from slavery and human trafficking.

Organisational structure and purpose

  1. 3. The purpose of the General Medical Council (GMC) is to protect, promote and maintain the health and safety of the public by ensuring proper standards in the practice of medicine
  2. 4. The law gives us four main functions under the Medical Act 1983:
  1. a. keeping up-to-date registers of qualified doctors
  2. b. fostering good medical practice
  3. c. promoting high standards of medical education and training
  4. d. dealing firmly and fairly with doctors whose fitness to practise is in doubt.
  1. 5. The GMC is a registered charity in England and Wales (1089278) and Scotland (SC037750).
  2. 6. Our governing body, the Council, has 12 members of which six are doctors and six are lay members, all appointed through an independent appointments process.
  3. 7. The GMC has two major centres, one in London and two in Manchester, with smaller offices in Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast and a significant number of staff who work remotely and out in the health service. These sites accommodate approximately 1150 full and part time staff in the Office of the Chair and Chief Executive and across six directorates, which are:
  1. a. Registration & Revalidation
  2. b. Fitness to Practise
  3. c. Resources and Quality Assurance
  4. d. Education and Standards
  5. e. Strategy and Communication
  6. f. Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service

Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Policy

  1. 8. During 2016, the GMC Performance and Resources Board reviewed and approved our policy on modern slavery and human trafficking.
  2. 9. We have a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery. We are committed to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business dealings and relationships and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure modern slavery is not taking place anywhere in our own businesses or those of our suppliers.
  3. 10. The nature of our business means that the risk of modern slavery in our directly managed business activities and the first line of our supply chain is low. We require all our suppliers to have robust anti-slavery and human trafficking arrangements in place.
  4. 11. If a supplier is found to be accepting of slavery in their business or supply chain we will terminate the contract and notify the relevant authorities.

Actions taken in 2016

  1. 12. In addition to agreeing and publishing our policy on Modern Slavery in 2016, we implemented a series of activities to mitigate the risk of modern slavery and human trafficking occurring within our organisation and supply chains:
  1. a. All staff received guidance explaining what modern slavery is, how to identify it, and how to log concerns.
  2. b. All recruited permanent and temporary staff are subjected to identification and background checking.
  3. c. We have living wage accreditation from the Living Wage Foundation
  4. d. We made all our suppliers aware of our Modern Slavery policy through our contract management processes.
  5. e. We updated our standard terms and conditions to ensure that our contracts with suppliers placed obligations on them to apply the principles of the Modern Slavery Act in their business and supply chains, and enable GMC to assure ourselves that they are complying with this.
  6. f. All suppliers were advised of how to log concerns with the GMC of any concerns that Modern slavery or human trafficking activity was occurring in our organisation or supply chain.
  7. g. We conducted a workshop to assess whether any specific suppliers required further intervention activity to reasonably satisfy us that steps were being taken to prevent Modern slavery and trafficking in their supply chains. It was determined that given the nature of our supply the current steps were considered appropriate in all cases, but this would be regularly reviewed.

 

SIGNED

Susan Goldsmith
Chief Operating Officer
General Medical Council