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GMC Plans to Revamp Medical Register

Online Medical Register also known as the List of Registered Medical Practitioners (LRMP) is planning to renovate by professional regulator to make it more relevant to the public. They want publics and medical professionals advice on how to do this in best way. 

The General Medical Council (GMC) register contains information’s of more than 270,000 doctors. It is the only updated and publicly accessible database which provides information about doctor registration and licence such as qualification date and place, doctors subject to any restriction etc. In 2015 only, more than seven millions including doctors, employers and patients searched for content on the register.

GMC consultation paper suggests a revamp of the online medical register, which allow doctors to add more information about their practice to their available profiles.

The suggestions includes

  • Higher qualifications
  • Scope of practice
  • Languages spoken
  • Declaration of competing professional interests
  • Practice location and
  • A photograph to verify identity

The modification of the GMC register, which initiated as a hardback book in 1859 targets to meet the patient’s expectations about info that they wish to know and request about medical professionals.

The paper advises 2 types of information which would be made online for public. First type includes information that the register previously compels by law such as doctor’s name, qualifications, gender and medical licence status and second type includes information voluntarily delivered.

Chief Executive of the GMC, Niall Dickson said that the existing GMC register had changed little since first hardback version 1859 but the medical practice and patient expectations have transformed drastically. He added that this plan will be a chance for medical professional to provide a broader picture of their practice.

Mark Porter, BMA council chair said that the GMC should be aware of not breaking the privacy and confidentiality of medical professional for which they are allowed.

The GMC Consultation runs till 7th October 2016 and the GMC will consider the responds in December.

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