Medical Act 1983 (amendment) order (2000)

The Medical Act 1983 (amendment) order (2000) was made on 12 July 2000. The order made changes to the Medical Act 1983, to strengthen the powers of the General Medical Council (GMC).

The order gave wide powers to the GMC, to require the disclosure of information that would assist in carrying out functions relating to fitness to practise or professional misconduct. It also gave the GMC powers to disclose information relating to a practitioner's conduct or fitness to practise, where this was in the public interest.

There had been increasing pressure from the press and the public to make the GMC's role in the maintenance of professional standards more effective.

Source(s)

House of Commons.
The Medical Act 1983 (amendment) order (2000).
leglisation.gov.uk; 2002.