The General Medical Council, who regulate Britain's medical doctors, have set a date in November when any doctor wishing to practice medicine in the UK will, by law, need to hold both registration and the new licence to practice. It will be the licence, rather than the registration, that will signify to patients that a doctor has the legal authority to practice medicine.
The licence will be introduced on November 16, and doctors have up until August 14 to apply for one if they wish to continue to practice.
GMC chief executive and registrar Finlay Scott said in a statement this week that the introduction of the licence is the first step towards revalidation that will, in the future, give patients regular assurance that their doctors are up to date and fit to practise.
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