5. Doctors.

The term 'doctor' is used in various enactments to mean a fully registered person1 within the meaning of the Medical Act 1983 who holds a licence to practise under that Act2. The main regulatory body is the General Medical Council3 which keeps the registers under which medical practitioners must be registered4 in order to practise5, promotes the necessary high standards of medical education6 and investigates fitness to practise allegations against a medical practitioner7.

The final investigation of fitness to practise is undertaken by the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS) which is a statutory committee of the General Medical Council and