Tuesday, 17 July 2007

So much for the GMC

The General Medical Council is the body which by statute regulates the medical profession in the UK. Any member of the public may check whether someone purporting to be a doctor is qualified by checking their registration on-line on www.gmc-uk.org

So how accurate is the register? I today checked the registration of a doctor who died in April 2006 - fifteen months ago. Amazingly, he is still listed.

It was Fredrick Forsyth in Day of the Jackal who exposed the scam of getting a passport in the name of someone who had died. But it appears that the GMC still hasn't got round to closing the same loophole for fake doctors.

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