What support is available to doctors during a GMC investigation?

A GMC investigation can be a source of great anxiety for any medical professional, and we encourage any MDU members who receive a notification of a complaint to contact us immediately.

We can then assign one of our expert medico-legal advisers (MLAs) to help you. All our MLAs are doctors with first-hand experience of the rigours and realities of clinical practice. They are adept at managing fitness to practise cases and will work with your legal team to represent you effectively, as well as being on hand to answer your questions and provide moral support throughout.

The investigation and adjudication process can last for many months - or even years - and members tell us it is reassuring to have someone to turn to for expert advice and encouragement.

Knowing what to expect can help, and you can read one member's account of going through a GMC investigation in our journal.

You can also find help through the GMC's free confidential support service, which is available to any doctor involved in a fitness to practise case.

This page was correct at publication on 18/02/2022. Any guidance is intended as general guidance for members only. If you are a member and need specific advice relating to your own circumstances, please contact one of our advisers.