The General Medical Council register doctors to practise in the UK and have the powers to issue a warning to a doctor, suspend or place conditions on their registration or remove a doctor from the register. These are examples of the types of cases where the GMC may need to act:
- Serious or repeated mistakes in carrying out medical procedures or in diagnosis, such as prescribing drugs in a dangerous way
- Failure to examine a patient properly or to respond reasonably to a patient's needs
- Serious concerns about knowledge of the English language
- Fraud or dishonesty
- Serious breaches of a patient's confidentiality
- Any serious criminal offence
You can make a complaint about a doctor by using the online form on the General Medical Council website.