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General Medical Council (Fitness to Practice Rules)

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 15 May 2008

The General Medical Council (Fitness to Practise) (Amendment in Relation to Standard of Proof) Rules Order of Council 2008 was laid before Parliament on 8 May. The General Medical Council has amended its Fitness to Practise Rules, the effect of which is to require the standard of proof that is applicable to civil proceedings to all proceedings before a Fitness to Practise panel or the Investigation Committee which commence on or after 31 May 2008. The GMC has written to all doctors whose cases may be affected by this change. These rules are not contingent on the changes in the law being proposed in the Health and Social Care Bill.