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GPs face law change

PUBLISHED: 17:08 06 May 2009 | UPDATED: 11:50 12 August 2010

DOCTORS will have to get a licence to practise medicine in addition to being on the medical register. The General Medical Council (GMC) is the in

DOCTORS will have to get a licence to practise medicine in addition to being on the medical register.

The General Medical Council (GMC) is the in the process of writing to all 1,506 GPs in the Bromley area to tell them of the change in the law.

Currently, to practise medicine in the UK a doctor has to be registered with the GMC but from autumn all doctors will need a licence in addition to their GMC registration to prescribe or undertake any form of medical practice in the UK.

There are some exceptions such as doctors on a career break or working overseas who may wish to hold registration without a licence until their situation changes.

The GMC is asking doctors to confirm whether or not they need a licence to practise when the law changes later this year.

GMC chair Professor Peter Rubin said: "We want doctors to confirm that they require a licence before our regulations change and I encourage every doctor in Bromley to respond to our campaign.

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