Temporary registration given to additional doctors

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The General Medical Council (GMC) has given temporary registration to nearly 15,500 doctors who left the register or gave up their licence to practise in the last three years, to help with the COVID-19 pandemic.

It is also now restoring licences for about 12,000 doctors who have a UK address and are registered but don’t currently hold a licence to practise, and nearly 6,800 doctors with a UK address who gave up their registration between three and six years ago.

Only doctors with no outstanding fitness to practise investigations or sanctions are being given temporary registration. They are able to opt out of temporary registration at any point, for any reason.

Contact details of doctors with temporary registration will be shared with health services in the UK nation matching their address. Doctors will be asked to complete a short survey by NHS England to help determine their skills and how they can assist, wherever they live in the UK. 

The GMC has also confirmed it will start the annual provisional registration process for final year medical students next week. This will potentially make available 7,500 newly qualified doctors to the UK’s healthcare workforce three months earlier than usual.

A web guide to explaining more about the temporary registration process can be found on the GMC website.

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