Fitness to practise
One of our most important roles is to ensure doctors are fit to practise medicine. A doctor's fitness to practise is determined by their professional conduct, their competence (application of knowledge and skill), and their physical and mental health.
We have a set of standards which outline what we expect of doctors in all these areas, and we also have procedures to follow if there are concerns about a doctor's conduct, competence or health.
Our principal function is to protect the public, and we will assess and respond to any information that indicates a doctor's fitness to practise is compromised.
If you work in the medical sector and have concerns about a registered doctor, you can refer the matter to the Council.
Doctors get sick too, and when they do it's important that their illness doesn't interfere with their ability to practise medicine safely. A doctor must always be able to practise medicine without putting patients or the public at risk.
We sometimes require that a doctor has a chaperone present to observe their consultations with patients. We do this to mitigate risk to the patient where there are concerns that the doctor poses a risk of harm or serious risk of harm to the public. This is different from when a chaperone is present as a matter of good medical practice.
This page contains advice for patients who have concerns about a doctor's use of surgical mesh