Contracts of employment will usually not set standards, but contain only descriptive terms such as being employed to undertake diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. The General Medical Council (GMC) is the regulatory body for doctors in the United Kingdom, but until recently it has only set standards of behavior rather than of care. Recently, under the Medical (Professional Performance) Act 1995, the GMC's responsibilities have been extended, requiring the removal of a doctor's name from the Register for a 'seriously deficient standard of professional performance', not defined further. This power will probably usually be applied to a consistent pattern of deficient performance, although it is not thus limited. It remains to be seen how case law will develop, how it will interact with existing law, and whether other regulatory bodies will be given such powers.
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