The Council is the governing body of the GMC. It is responsible for the overall control of the organisation.

The Council ensures that the GMC is properly managed by the Chief Executive and his team and that the organisation fulfils its statutory and charitable purposes to protect, promote and maintain the health and safety of the public by ensuring proper standards in the practice of medicine. Council members are also the trustees of the GMC, which is a registered charity.

The Council currently comprises 12 members, 6 lay and 6 medical members, all appointed following an independent appointments process.  

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