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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-18530: Bill Bowman (North East Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 3 September 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with NHS boards regarding the action that can be taken against members of staff facing outstanding complaints who voluntarily remove themselves from the medical register to facilitate the dropping of these.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 18 September 2018

Professional regulation of the registered health professions is the statutory responsibility of eight independent, UK-wide regulatory bodies. Each of the regulators has established procedures for assessing applications for voluntary removal on individual merit, which must prioritise the duty to protect the public interest by removing, where appropriate, a practitioner’s legal right to continue practising.

With regard to the specific issue of the regulation of medical professionals, this is a matter for the General Medical Council (GMC). The Chief Medical Officer has been in discussions with the GMC as to how the issues referred to in the question could be addressed.