General Medical Council

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General Medical Council (GMC)

the UK body that regulates doctors to protect patients. It has a Scottish affairs office called GMCScotland. The Council at the time of writing had 35 members: 19 doctors elected by the doctors on the register; 14 members of the public appointed by the Privy Council and 2 academics appointed by educational bodies - the universities and medical royal colleges. It has four main statutory functions: keeping the register of qualified medical practitioners; fostering good medical practice; promoting high standards of education; and prosecuting and punishing rogue doctors. It is its prosecution function that is best known. There is an appeal to the Privy Council.
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