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The General Medical Council (GMC) is warning employers to be aware of a major change to medical regulations that is expected next year.

It claims that organisations ranging from police forces to airlines could be affected by the new law - expected in late 2009 - which will require any doctor wishing to practise medicine in the UK to hold a licence with the GMC.

At present, doctors are required to be registered with the GMC to practise medicine - but in the future they will need the license to practise as well.

GMC president Graeme Catto said: "Doctors are employed or contracted in a number of different capacities across the UK, and the introduction of the licence to practise has the potential to affect a large number of companies and organisations.

"We want to make sure employers realise the extent to which these regulations could affect the running of their organisations, and dispel the notion held by some people that this is an issue that will only affect hospitals and GP surgeries."

The new regulations will require doctors to hold a licence to practise if:

They hold a position as a doctor in the NHS or independent health sector, on a permanent or locum basis

They write prescriptions, sign death certificates, or exercise any of the other legal privileges currently reserved for registered medical practitioners

Their employer or those who contract their services or another party requires them to hold a licence to practise.

The GMC's purpose is to protect, promote and maintain the health and safety of the public by ensuring proper standards in the practice of medicine.


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The GMC's purpose is to protect, promote and maintain the health and safety of the public by ensuring proper standards in the practice of medicine.

 

OK i used this as an exsample for the fact that  i am for pet stylist being licenced the last sentance says it all . We as pet stylist have to be honest and say there are groomers out there that mentally and physically abuse animals in there care .Heidi and myself had a conversation with a friend and i bought up the point of saying when a nurse comittes human endangerment what happens ???? well i think we all know as they have to have a licence to be a nurse they then go up before a board and the board decides there fait depending on the sercanstances .

We all see on youtube and hear horror storys of groomers around the world commit such crimes but they seem to carry on operating is this right ???? I have been told by top stylist in the UK this . Oh Colin its just not the right time for this lol i say when is because as far as i am concerned its the perfect time infact 10 years ago and even when i went to school back in the 80s was also the right time .If we as pet stylist really love our job and respect and love the animals we work on then i dont think there is one person who can really fight against this and say that pet stylist should not be licenced . There are more cowboys in this profession than exsperts .I feel this is because there are grooming schools popping up everwhere and they are saturating the indusrty with people who should not have the right to hold a scissor to a dog .

Am i being harsh i dont think so as my main focus is on the dog . Our clients trust us with there pets and the genral public has to know this as i feel they think that we do have to obtain some kind of licence . In the school i teach at we have a potition that we have the genral public sigh if they wish saying that they would like to see pet stylist have a licence to operate . We did this as we felt that alot of the grooming industry sad but true was scared of the thought of having to have a licence .I wonder why ?????????????

I will carry on with this project along with friends who also want to see changes and i feel it has to start with the schools . Thanks for reading Colin Taylor xx


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What steps, do you feel, would a person have to accomplish, to become liscenced?

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This a good question as i said we have to start with the schools as i feel they have alot of the responsibility to make shure they have the right people coming into our industry. But that there is a hard one as alot of schools teach only as it is good money . However when people go to look into going to a school if the good ones where licenced and had to follow an agenda then i think it would be a good start . What are your thoughts on this issue an please do not hold back as this is how we learn . Colin


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My thoughts....hmmm...I am all for improving the industry standard. My biggest concern though, and yes it is a selfish one, is for people like myself. Hardworking, honest and dedicated to our profession but...are mostly self taught and continue our education with various seminars throughout the year. Any thoughts on that Colin? I'll check back tomorrow. Good night, I'm beat.

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Hi i am not against people who are self trained and to be honest as long as the animal is treated with care the hair cut should not matter to much . There are way to many extremists in the grooming comp world and the dog show world that is takes away from what in more important which is the animals care and saftey and the love that goes along with it. So to answer your question you going to seminars and further educating yourself is alot more than what most do so more power to you . Colin


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I am also mostly self taught, but am all for some sort of licensing. I think we should have just as much as a human hairdresser. We have a great responsibility to the animals we care for and I don't think enough people realize how dangerous our job can be. The pets life can be in danger in the wrong hands. There are too many bad groomers out there. We should have to pass some sort of exam and continue our education. But, nothing is perfect, as their are many really bad hairdressers out there with a license. Making the pet look good is so important, but keeping them happy and  safe is the main focus in my shop.(And absolutely adorable!)  JMO Julie
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You could have a person pass all kinds of exams, get all kinds of certifications, continually get more knowledge of grooming skills and still be a completely cruel person. How would you deal with that?
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You are both right however we have to start somewhere .


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You're right, colin, it is time. The pet industry continues to grow, even though we are in a 'recession'. I just saw a bit on the news about it. People are continuing to spend money on their pets, even Wal-Mart is expanding their pet section.  The company 'Tractor Supplies' is reporting increased sales , and they said it's due to the 'pet products' they carry.

There needs to be something, anything at this point, to protect the pets we are entrusted with. I also agree that it's not about the 'haircut', it's about health & safety issues. If there were an exam, it's focus should be basic first aid, how to safely use equipment, handling of pets with health issues & geriatrics, etc....not about how well one can scissor.

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Yes, they can pass the tests and still be cruel to the animals, but it's a start and if someone is found to be abusive, their ability to keep grooming can be forfeited. There won't be a perfect solution, but it would cut down on all the backyard groomers. If I was told tomorrow that I needed to go to an accredited school to keep grooming, then so be it, off I go to school. It would be tough, but it is time for some guidelines.Those of us who care, work really hard. I want our industry to shine! I am working on getting my certifications done. Hopefully by the time laws are passed, I will have something to show that I am an educated groomer.
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There are good people and bad people in all professions. I don't think that will ever change just as liscensing may not. I do believe that a good style should be given as well as lots of TLC and I strongly see a need to keep pets seperated. I know of too many shops/salons that let everyone mingle. I do not agree with that for safety and medical reasons. This is a tough topic, really...
Not to get off topic, and I do not wish to offend anyone here, but I am also having a problem with: Groomers who are also trainers. Whole other can of worms here....

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I hate to disagree with you jonna, you always sound like such a wise and knowledgeable woman!
 
I do let the dogs "mingle".  I call it a doggie-daycare style groom shop, and I have many clients who come to me SPECIFICALLY for this reason.  They don't like their dog stuck in some crate in the back for hours on end.  Also, what if the dog has to go pee or poo?  If it does it in its crate, you have to re-wash; if it holds it, it ends up very unhappy and barking/whining.  I would rather take the dog out to go pee (which we do) or even let it have an accident. Sound crazy, right? Cleaning up the occasional puddle is OK with me if it means the dog is happier.
 
But is does work.  Dogs tend to behave well when in a neutral environment - no "home space" to defend.  We ALWAYS ask the owner first if their dog is good with other dogs, and if they would prefer their dog to be crated while here, and we respect those wishes.  Most love the idea of socializing.  Yes, we ask for all shots to be up to date, and generally we crate the dog to start with to be sure a)it's comfortable here, and b) it has no parasites. 
The dogs LOVE to be placed on the floor after the initial groom, to shake and run around!  I feel they are much, much happier here, and therefore have a good grooming experience, and will be happy to come back.  Some owners have expressed real disappointment if they come and there are no other dogs out for their dogs to play with!!!!
 
Oh, and if there is even the hint of a problem, we crate the dogs, or if there are too many at one time.

Oh, I can just envision the hate mail I'll get on this one!!! I must be crazy!  But, I feel this works, for me anyway. 



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I almost forgot!!!
Colin, I agree some form of licensing is required.  It could be totally separate from the certified groomer or master groomer certification - based on emergency first aid skills, cleaning and sanitizing, general dog well-being and care, (maybe how to "think like a dog" ha ha!)
Or, it could be Incorporated as part of the certification - what do you all think? 
Maybe those who are self taught could be "grandfathered in" or?
All good points

Oh, and please don't take offense to this Colin, but sometimes I have problems understanding your posts because of the spelling.  Could you maybe click on the spell-check button on the right when you post?
SORRY!  I am a pain in the neck, I know!!!!  Tell me to take a flying leap if you wish.  I'm probably the only one who has difficulty!  I have brain farts.

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Dont feel bad i even have a hard time reading my writting . lol We spell differant in the UK . But it was the USA who changed it lol kidding x


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