GMC to lose right to appeal tribunal decisions

THE General Medical Council is to lose its right to appeal decisions by medical practitioners tribunals in 2023.

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has confirmed it will prioritise the move, with legislation due to be introduced in the second half of 2023.

It comes four years after the government first accepted the recommendation in the 2018 Williams review.

The review concluded that removing the regulator’s tribunal appeal powers would “help address the mistrust of the GMC amongst doctors”, following criticisms over its handling of the Hadiza Bawa Garba case.

The DHSC also announced delays in the process to regulate physician associates (PAs) and anaesthesia associates (AAs), with legislation being put before parliament in the second half of 2023.

The GMC confirmed that this revised timeline meant the earliest possible start date for regulation would be the second half of 2024.

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