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Regulation of Surgeons

Surgeons and dentists are regulated by the General Medical Council and General Dental Council respectively.

General Medical Council (GMC)

The purpose of the GMC is to protect, promote and maintain the health and safety of the public by ensuring proper standards in the practice of medicine.

The GMC are given four main functions under the Medical Act 1983:

  • Keeping up-to-date registers of qualified doctors
  • Fostering good medical practice
  • Promoting high standards of medical education and training
  • Dealing firmly and fairly with doctors whose fitness to practice is in doubt

The General Dental Council (GDC)

The GDC is the regulatory body for the dental profession. Much like the GMC the GDC: holds a register of qualified dental professionals; sets and enforces standards of dental practice and conduct; protects the public from illegal practice; assures the quality of dental education; and investigates complaints.

Regulation of hospitals

Hospitals are regulated by a number of organisations including the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and Monitor.

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