General Medical Council
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28 Feb 2017
Charlie Massey gave oral evidence to the Health Select Committee today as part of the Committee’s ongoing inquiry on the implications of Brexit for health and social care.
‘Brexit strengthens the case for reforming professional regulation, as it provides an opportunity to make progress in two distinct areas: improving the checks we can put in place to ensure all doctors practising in the UK meet the same standards – whether they qualified in the UK, Europe or elsewhere – and improving training for doctors by creating greater flexibility in postgraduate training.
‘More widely, we need fundamental reform to our legislation to allow much more flexibility than our outdated legislation provides if we are going to be able to respond to the changing environment and workforce pressures in the most effective way.’
In February we launched an in-house survey through our email bulletin, GMC news for doctors, to help us understand the impact of Brexit on the UK medical profession. The survey was open for two weeks and went out to all registered doctors - those who took part were self-selecting.
Our survey captured responses from 2,115 doctors who identified themselves as EEA nationals holding registration with a licence to practise who are currently practising in the UK (either wholly or partly).
1,280 out of 2,106 doctors (60%) said they were considering leaving the UK – and therefore UK practice – at some point in the future.
Of those 1,280 doctors, 91% (n=1,171) said the UK’s decision to leave the EU was a factor in their considerations.
586 out of 1,280 doctors (45%) said they were considering leaving the UK in the next two years; while 24.2% (n=312) said they were considering leaving in the next 3-5 years. 24.9% (n=320) of respondents answering this question said they hadn’t considered when they might leave.
Over 1,000 doctors left comments explaining how they felt about Brexit and the impact on their practice. A quick analysis of those comments identifies two key themes:
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