Hooper inquiry into how the GMC treats whistleblowers

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11 / 8 / 2014 11.29am

The General Medical Council (GMC) has commissioned the Right Honourable Sir Anthony Hooper to undertake a review of how it deals with doctors who raise a concern in the public interest (whistleblow). The review will look at how doctors who raise concerns are currently treated by the GMC and is expected to make recommendations as to how the GMC's current guidance and processes can be adapted to reflect the needs of whistleblowers.

The review will seek views from those who may have suffered as a result of raising concerns, the experience of employers, trade unions and professional leaders.

The terms of reference for the GMC's review are:

To provide independent advice and recommendations to the Registrar of the General Medical Council (GMC) on steps which the GMC may take to improve the experience of individuals who regard themselves as “whistleblowers”, who have appropriately raised concerns in the public interest, and:

a. whose fitness to practise is being investigated or determined under the General Medical Council (Fitness to Practise) Rules 2004; or

b. who have reported such a concern to the GMC.

You can find out more on the GMC's website and read more about raising concerns (whistleblowing) here.


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