Further 18,800 UK doctors to be given temporary registration to fight coronavirus (COVID-19)

Further 18,800 UK doctors to be given temporary registration to fight coronavirus (COVID-19)

Following discussions with the Chief Medical Officers of the UK nations, a further 18,800 UK-based doctors will be given temporary registration to assist in the fight against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The General Medical Council (GMC) is able to provide temporary registration under its emergency powers and has already granted registration to around 15,500 doctors who gave up their registration within the last three years. Only doctors without outstanding fitness to practice investigations or sanctions are eligible for temporary registration.

The additional 18,800 doctors include 12,000 who are GMC registered by don’t hold a license to practice, and 6,800 who gave up their registration between three and six years ago.

In addition, the GMC will also begin the annual provisional registration for final year students in the week starting 6 April, which could make available 7,500 newly qualified doctors three months earlier than usual. The students registering will not be charged for doing so.

Source: GMC asked to register further groups of doctors

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