Winter service patient safety concerns

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

'We know that medical staff across the UK are doing their utmost to maintain standards of care for patients, but they are telling us that there is unprecedented demand on services and concerted action is now needed to address this.

As the body which oversees medical education and training across the UK, we are concerned by what doctors are telling us. We have no role in determining how taxpayers money should be spent in the health service, but we do have a responsibility to ensure hospitals are a safe training environment for doctors and patients, and we will act where we receive firm evidence that this is not happening.

We would urge all doctors to raise and report concerns about patient safety and we expect those responsible for running services to listen and respond to those concerns.'