Election of members of GMCBMJ 1994; 308 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.308.6935.1044b (Published 16 April 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:1044
EDITOR, - It was interesting to see comments by several doctors in the medical press about the scant publicity given to the forthcoming elections of members of the General Medical Council.1 The single advertisement about the elections in the BMJ was buried halfway through a scientific paper.2 Many doctors, not unnaturally, interpreted this as indicating a desire by the council to keep a closed shop for a cosy coterie of members - this at a most critical time for the profession, when recent enforced changes have proved to be so divisive and destructive of morale. These changes have succeeded in politicising a new generation of doctors (as the only alternative to acute depression or early retirement), who now wish their voices to be heard in a proper forum.
This perceived lack of openness by the General Medical Council has succeeded in increasing the pervading cynicism of many doctors towards their political leaders and representatives. It has been suggested that the council's period for nomination for this year should have been extended,1 and I agree. I also hope that before future elections the council will ensure that all doctors are circularised with the appropriate information in good time. Perhaps, too, elections should be held every three years and tenure should be limited to a maximum of 10 years to limit complacency and encourage fresh thinking.
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