General Medical Council: changes to GMC fitness-to-practise rules

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On 11 June 2012, the Medical Practitioners’ Tribunal Service (MPTS) was launched to provide an impartial adjudication function for doctors as part of the GMC’s fitness to practise reforms.

The MPTS, while being part of the GMC, is now operationally separate to the GMC’s complaint handling, investigative and case presentation processes.

As part of the GMC’s reforms, from 14 May to 6 August 2012 a consultation — The Future of adjudication: making changes to our fitness to practise rules and our constitution of panels and Investigation Committee rules — took place, provoking a massive response from doctors and those working in the healthcare sector.

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