What we do
The General Medical Council (GMC) works to protect the public by setting, upholding and raising the standards of medical education and practice across the UK. It does this by:
- setting the standards doctors must follow, making sure they continue to meet these standards throughout their careers
- deciding which doctors are qualified to work here, and overseeing UK medical education and training
- taking action if a doctor is putting the safety of patients, or the public's confidence in doctors, at risk.
The GMC is independent of government and the medical profession, and accountable to the UK Parliament.
It is in the public interest to have healthcare systems in the UK, both public and private, where doctors practise to the highest ethical and professional standards to provide the best possible, safe medical care.