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OFMDFM Committee

The General Medical Council received 120 complaints about doctors in Northern Ireland last year MLAs were told, on 5th September 2011.

Paul Philip of the General Medical Council was giving evidence to the OFMDFM committee on his organisation's interaction with the ombudsman's office.

He said that of those 120 cases only eight went to a public hearing.

Mr Philip said explained the role of the GMC, including its maintenance of a register of doctors fit to practise.

He said the GMC had a good relationship with ombudsmen in all four countries of the UK, but suggested that the sharing of information could be better.

Jackie Smith from the Nursing and Midwifery Council said her presentation would be very similar to the one given by Mr Philip.

She said there were 114 complaints about nurses and midwives in Northern Ireland in 2010 - 2011.

The committee heard a briefing from OFMDFM officials on the Social Investment Fund and Social Protection Fund.

Tim Losty of OFMDFM outlined the importance of the Social Investment Fund.

Its purpose was "to do good amongst people who were most vulnerable and most at risk", he said.

Committee chair Chris Lyttle of Alliance expressed the concern of the committee that members had not been informed about the launch of a consultation exercise.

Mr Lyttle said the lack of notification and failure to invite members to the launch amounted to questioning the purpose and integrity of the committee.

The meeting concluded with a departmental briefing on European issues.

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