Responding to the announcement that the Privy Council has appointed Professor Dame Carrie MacEwen as Chair of the General Medical Council, Dr John Holden, chief medical officer at MDDUS, said:
“We congratulate Dame Carrie MacEwen on her appointment as Chair of the GMC at a time of considerable change and reform across the regulatory landscape.
“She is an excellent successor to Dame Clare Marx and will, I am sure, look to continue her work to enable fair, open and respectful practising environments for doctors.
“We were reassured by Dame Carrie’s statement in October last year that any concern raised with the GMC about a doctor, relating to the pandemic, will take into account the extraordinary circumstances we have all lived through.
“With her appointment today, we look forward to this commitment remaining at the front and centre of the regulator’s approach to dealing with any issues arising from decisions or actions taken by doctors during Covid-19.”
The Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland (MDDUS) is a mutual organisation that protects the professional interests of more than 54,000 doctors and dentists across the United Kingdom, offering access to indemnity, support and legal advice.
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