THE GMC referred 40 per cent more cases to the MPTS (Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service) in 2018, according to figures released in advance of the annual fitness to practise report.
The number of cases referred in 2018 rose from 200 to 280 compared to the previous year despite "no significant increase" in GMC complaints over that period. The total number of fitness-to-practise cases increased by 0.3 per cent from 8,546 in 2017 to 8,573 in 2018.
Among reasons cited for the increased MPTS referrals is a rise in the number of complex cases coming to the GMC.
Anthony Omo, general counsel and director of fitness to practise at the GMC, said: "Over the course of 2019 there has been no significant increase in complaints or referrals to the GMC.
"However, we have seen an increase in the number of full investigations compared to the same period last year. We have robust investigation processes and closely monitor all cases which come to us to ensure we progress them as quickly as possible."