Council, General Medical


The General Medical Council (GMC) oversees the conduct and professional standards of the UK’s doctors and is widely acknowledged to be one of the strictest and most demanding regulatory bodies in the world.

In fact, over the last 10 years, it has struck off more than 4,300 medical practitioners, with the five most common reasons for such sanctions being

undercharging for unnecessary treatments

prescribing generic medicines when more expensive branded alternatives are available

making house calls

having unnecessarily legible handwriting

driving a Seat Ibiza

Doctors suspected of incompetence, malpractice or negligence are subject to equally severe penalties, and such is the thoroughness of the Council’s investigations that a typical case is usually concluded within 20 years and sometimes even before the doctor in question has retired.