Health Select Committee's 2012 accountability report on the General Medical Council

GMC Statement

03 Dec 2012

In its annual accountability report on the General Medical Council the Health Select Committee has described the GMC as an ‘effective’ organisation.

This is a positive and encouraging report on our work which focuses on our key priorities, and especially on revalidation which comes into force from today.

Niall Dickson, the Chief Executive of the GMC

The Health Select Committee has also welcomed the key role it has taken in introducing medical revalidation, as well as its leadership in defining and applying effective standards for the profession. The report also highlights progress made by the GMC in a number of key areas, including setting up the new impartial tribunal service - led by a Judge - to deal with cases where doctors' fitness to practise is in doubt.

The MPs call on the GMC to make sure revalidation remains practical and effective, and especially that the patient’s voice is heard in the process.

Commenting on the report, Niall Dickson, Chief Executive of the General Medical Council, said:

‘This is a positive and encouraging report on our work which focuses on our key priorities, and especially on revalidation which comes into force from today. We believe that, over time, revalidation will improve the quality of care patients receive and, like the Committee, we believe feedback from patients is critical and should be built upon as the model develops. We are determined that this should only be the start - the system will develop and improve as we build on the excellent progress we have made so far with patient groups, doctors, employers, the BMA and medical Royal Colleges.

‘We remain committed to performing effectively across all of our functions and continuing to rise to the challenges of protecting patients. Appearing before the Committee is an important way of Parliament holding us to account. It helps make sure we are delivering regulation that is independent of government and with patient safety at its heart.'

Read the Health Select Committee’s 2012 accountability report on the General Medical Council in full.