Queen's speech heralds health bills in Britain

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: (Published 26 November 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:1390
  1. John Warden
  1. Parliamentary Correspondent, BMJ.

    New powers for the General Medical Council to discipline doctors whose performance is seriously deficient are included in the legislative programme of the British parliament for the 1994-5 session, which opened last week (see also Focus on p1394). A bill extending the Medical Act was one of three health measures in the Queen's speech. Of the others, one will streamline the administration of the NHS in England and a second will introduce supervised discharge for mentally ill patients. Though it is the heaviest agenda of health legislation for some years, all the bills seek to amend existing provisions rather than to innovate.

    The bill to enable the General Medical Council to …

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