204. External regulation.

204.     External regulation.

The General Medical Council1 is subject to the oversight of the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care2 and must in the exercise of its functions co-operate with the Authority3. Where it considers that it would be desirable for the protection of members of the public, the Authority has power to refer to the High Court: (1) a direction4 by a medical practitioners tribunal of the General Medical Council that the fitness to practise of a medical practitioner was impaired5; (2) a direction6 by a medical