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GMC statement on the Queen's Speech

GMC Statement

21 Jun 2017

GMC Chief Executive Charlie Massey responds to proposals outlined in the Queen's Speech

Charlie Massey, Chief Executive of the General Medical Council, said:

‘We welcome the Government’s commitment to bring forward draft legislation that will give statutory independence to a new Health Service Safety Investigation Body (HSSIB). That status will enable HSSIB to drive real change in patient safety across England. We are already working with the HSSIB in its current form to deliver our shared aspiration for a healthcare system that learns from its mistakes in the interests of patients, healthcare professionals and the wider system.

‘However real change is what we need for professional regulation too. The UK Government, the devolved administrations and indeed all the main political parties have stated their commitment to reforming the outdated system of legislation which governs our work. We look forward to the UK Government bringing forward concrete plans for fundamental reform, in accordance with the commitment in the Conservative manifesto, and to introducing legislation as soon as possible.

‘In the meantime we will continue to modernise how we work within the limits of existing law, which includes streamlining the way that we investigate concerns about doctors’ practice.’


Notes to editors

The General Medical Council (GMC) is an independent organisation that helps to protect patients and improve medical education and practice across the UK.

  • We decide which doctors are qualified to work here and we oversee UK medical education and training.
  • We set the standards that doctors need to follow, and make sure that they continue to meet these standards throughout their careers.
  • We take action when we believe a doctor may be putting the safety of patients, or the public's confidence in doctors, at risk.

We are independent of government and the medical profession and accountable to Parliament. Our powers are given to us by Parliament through the Medical Act 1983.

We are a registered charity (number 1089278 with the Charity Commission for England and Wales, and number SC037750 with the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator), we have to show that our aims are for public benefit.

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