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Fewer full GMC investigations after pilot scheme success

Changes being made by the General Medical Council (GMC) will reduce the number of full investigations into one-off mistakes by doctors – known as single clinical incidents.

The move follows a trial during which information was gathered quickly following a complaint or referral, to assess if there was any ongoing risk to patients, and before deciding if full investigations were required. More than 200 single clinical incident cases were closed during the pilot after the additional information, such as medical records and input from independent experts, doctors’ responsible officers and the doctors themselves, was considered at an early stage.