Standards have been met this year
In June 2018 the GMC published an updated document setting out the knowledge and skills that all graduates from UK medical schools must have. This followed a programme of engagement with key stakeholders. The updated document emphasises the links between the standards for graduates and those for registrants. The GMC also published accompanying guidance for medical schools, which specifies the guidance for GMC registrants with which graduates should be familiar.
The GMC has made some changes to how it publishes information about fitness to practise sanctions. It updated its publication policy in February 2018. The new policy changes the time limit for which some information about sanctions is published, and confirms that the GMC will continue to disclose relevant information to current employers on request. The GMC has also made changes to make it easier for people to find information in cases where the GMC has agreed undertakings with a registrant, or where the case examiners decide to issue a warning to a registrant.
Overall, we considered that the outcomes of provisional enquiries were reasonable and appropriate. The evidence we gathered in our audit did not indicate that the GMC’s use of provisional enquiries makes it harder for people to raise concerns.
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