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Doctors: Registration

Volume 461: debated on Friday 15 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what safeguards are in place to ensure that doctors employed by the national health service are registered with the General Medical Council; what procedures are followed if a doctor is found to be unregistered; and if she will make a statement. (140630)

Doctors must be registered with the General Medical Council (GMC) to practise medicine in the United Kingdom.

It is the responsibility of individual employers to carry out pre and post-appointment registration checks on employees. Processes are in place to prevent unsuitable people from gaining employment in the national health service. Employers should undertake a variety of checks before someone is offered an NHS post including verification of identity, confirmation with professional regulatory bodies and criminal records bureau checks on staff who have access to patients in the normal course of their work.