About

The General Medical Council (GMC) is an independent organisation that helps to protect patients and improve medical education and practice across the UK.

  • We decide which doctors are qualified to work here and we oversee UK medical education and training.
  • We set the standards that doctors need to follow, and make sure that they continue to meet these standards throughout their careers.
  • We take action to prevent a doctor from putting the safety of patients, or the public’s confidence in doctors, at risk.

Every patient should receive a high standard of care. Our role is to help achieve that by working closely with doctors, their employers and patients, to make sure that the trust patients have in their doctors is fully justified.

GMC is a registered charity in England and Wales (1089278) and Scotland (SC037750).

We are independent of government and the medical profession and accountable to Parliament. Our powers are given to us by Parliament through the Medical Act 1983.

Visit www.gmc-uk.org for more information.

About this blog

Our blog is about medical professionalism and our work as the UK’s independent regulator for doctors. It is managed by our media team and will feature articles from our staff and guest authors. You can contact the media team at pressoffice@gmc-uk.org.

For more information about GMC’s social media channels, visit www.gmc-uk.org/socialmedia.