News in brief: November 2011
The General Medical Council has decided not to register medical students. Registration with the GMC is required to practise medicine in the United Kingdom. But the GMC has concluded that registering all students before they qualify would bring no additional protection, benefit to the public, or increase patient safety.
Student registration with the GMC would have brought consistency in fitness to practise disciplinary rulings. After a review on student registration, stimulated by the 2010 Collins review of the foundation programme, however, the GMC says that local management of students’ disciplinary rulings would be quicker and more efficient.
Registration would have also served to support students into professional practice and inform them about regulation. The GMC says that instead of registration, it will deal with this by giving first year students “welcome to medicine” packs. It will also be issuing provisional registration reference numbers at the start rather than at the