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Concerns about a doctor publications

From this page you can download our guidance relating to concerns and complaints about doctors and to our fitness to practise procedures. This guidance is for patients and the public, medical professionals and doctors.

Contents

What to expect from your doctor: a guide for patients

This is a guide to help patients understand the standard of care they can expect from their doctor.

What to expect from your doctor: a guide for patients

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Published: April 2013

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Protecting patients: your rights as lesbian, gay and bisexual people

A guide to your legal right to receive fair and equal care, regardless of your sexual orientation.

Protecting patients: your rights as lesbian, gay and bisexual people

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Published: May 2014

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Cosmetic procedures: what do I need to consider?

Advice on what to do if you have any concerns or doubts about going ahead with a cosmetic procedure (either surgical or non-surgical) or if you experience any problems after work has been carried out.

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Published: June 2016

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Your health matters

A guide for doctors, which gives practical tips and sources of support to help make sure you look after your own health.

Your health matters

Download: Your health matters (pdf)

Published: June 2014 

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How to complain about a doctor: a guide for patients

Our procedures are the same throughout the UK, but healthcare and support organisations do vary throughout the UK, so we have produced separate guidance for patients in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.

How to complain about a doctor

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Published: May 2012

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If you would like to make a complaint about a doctor, you can either fill in our online form or download and print the form and post it to us.

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If you have made a complaint and are feeling worried about it, Victim Support offers independent, free and confidential support.

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Published: April 2012

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A guide for health professionals on how to report a doctor to the GMC

This publication advises individual doctors, medical directors and clinical governance managers on what action to take when they have concerns about a doctor.

How to report a doctor

Web version: View A guide for health professionals on how to report a doctor to the GMC

Download: A guide for health professionals on how to report a doctor to the GMC (pdf)

Published: May 2012

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A guide for doctors reported to the GMC

This publication provides guidance for doctors who have been reported to us by patients, employers, the police or other bodies. It explains our investigation processes and gives other related information.

Guide for reported doctors

Web version: View A guide for doctors reported to the GMC 

Download: A guide for doctors reported to the GMC (pdf)

Published: June 2012

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We have commissioned BMA Doctors for Doctors to provide independent confidential support for doctors involved in a fitness to practise case.

Download: The Doctor Support Service (pdf)

Published: April 2015

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Help for witnesses

This publication provides help and advice for witnesses who are giving evidence at fitness to practise hearings, which are run by the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service.

Help for witnesses

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Published: May 2013

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If you have been a witness as part of our fitness to practise procedures, please tell us about your experience by filling in the feedback form below.

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How we use your information

When we receive a serious concern about a doctor, we gather information to assess if the doctor may pose a risk to the public or public confidence. This leaflet explains what information we might need and how we use that information. It also explains how we protect your confidentiality and the information we'll share with you.

Download: How we use your information (pdf)

Published: August 2015

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Annual statistics for our fitness to practise procedures

These reports provide data on volumes and outcomes at each stage of our fitness to practise process.