Doctors: Qualifications

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 16th July 2019.

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Photo of Andrea Jenkyns Andrea Jenkyns Conservative, Morley and Outwood

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to prevent doctors with fake qualifications working in the NHS.

Photo of Stephen Hammond Stephen Hammond Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

It is for local National Health Service employers and the General Medical Council (GMC), as the independent regulator of doctors in the United Kingdom, to verify a doctor’s professional qualifications.

All doctors must register with the GMC to be able to practise in the UK. The GMC’s registration process includes checks of professional qualifications.

NHS Employers advises employing organisations to undertake professional registration and qualifications verification checks.

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