How does the General Medical Council work?

The General Medical Council [GMC] was established by the Medical Act 1858 and is entrusted with regulating the UK’s medical profession. It is also a fee-based Charity [Number 1089278].

Despite its role in investigating alleged misconduct and imposing sanctions on doctors who step out of line, the GMC is not a court. Rather, it is a quasi-judicial body, as established by GMC v BBC 1998.

The distinction is subtle, but significant in respect of which laws apply to the GMC’s actions. Continue reading