GMC calls for urgent change to regulations on overseas doctors

Wednesday, 26 February 2020

Outdated legislation is preventing much-needed senior doctors from working in the UK, the General Medical Council (GMC) has warned.

Charlie Massey, GMC chief executive, said urgent action was needed to cut red tape and address the restrictive legal framework the medical regulator is bound by, at a time when the NHS is so short of doctors. Doctors from outside Europe are legally required to provide up to 2,000 pages of evidence to the GMC before they are allowed to work as an NHS GP or consultant – a process that can take more than nine months. In recent years far too few doctors, including just a handful of GPs, have been able to complete the process before coming to the UK. More…