Parliamentary Question: Atos and the General Medical Council, 11 October 2011

Kerry McCarthy, Labour MP for Bristol East, asked the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 7 September on ‘Atos Healthcare: doctors’, if he will meet Atos Healthcare to discuss their employees’ registration with the General Medical Council.

In his written reply on 11 October 2011, Minister of State for Employment at the DWP Chris Grayling answered:

I refer the hon. Member to the reply given to Tom Greatrex on 7 September 2011, Hansard, columns 671-72W.


Tom Greatrex MP (Labour, Rutherglen and Hamilton West) had asked what discussions the Secretary of State had had with Atos Healthcare on the investigation by the General Medical Staff of staff it employs.

On 7 September, Mr Grayling gave this written reply:

The DWP Chief Medical Adviser routinely discusses with Atos the suitability of continued employment of doctors who are under investigation by the General Medical Council when either party has concerns about this. The DWP contract requires Atos to discuss with the Chief Medical Adviser those doctors who have conditions applied by the General Medical Council pending investigation because of concerns about professional misconduct.

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