The General Medical Council (GMC) have admitted to providing private healthcare to more than 550 of its employees, costing more than £250,000 per year. Critics say that in supplying private healthcare, the GMC is showing little faith in the doctors that they are regulating.
The GMC has responded that after a review of the policy last year, they decided the incentive would help to attract and retain high quality staff.
The British Medical Assocation (BMA), the trade union for doctors, has also admitted to offering private medical insurance to very senior staff.
A BMA spokesperson stated that “The remuneration package ensures that we are able to continue to attract very senior members of staff by offering benefits that you might expect from similar roles in similar organisations.”