RCPCH joins call for GMC to be stripped of power to appeal fitness to practice decisions

RCPCH have joined a coalition of 13 healthcare organisations to urge the Government to deliver on its 2018 commitment to strip the General Medical Council (GMC) of its power to appeal decisions made by the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS.)

RCPCH has joined a coalition of 13 healthcare organisations have urged the Government to deliver on its 2018 commitment to strip the General Medical Council (GMC) of its power to appeal decisions made by the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS). 

In 2018 the Government accepted in full the recommendations of the Williams Review into gross negligence manslaughter in healthcare, following the case of Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba. This included the central recommendation that the GMC should have its right to appeal fitness to practise decisions removed.

Dr Bawa-Garba was erased from the medical register after the GMC appealed against a tribunal ruling that suspended her for 12 months. She was later reinstated after judges found the original tribunal decision to be appropriate. 

The Williams review concluded that removing the GMC’s right of appeal against MPTS decisions would help to address the mistrust of the GMC amongst doctors and contribute to cultivating a culture of openness that is central to delivering improved patient safety. It also said that public protection would still be maintained, with the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) retaining its near identical right of appeal to MPTS decisions.

The full letter to the Health Secretary calling for section 40A of the Medical Act 1983 to be removed as part of the forthcoming Health and Social Care Bill can be downloaded below.