Editorials

British government's proposals on poorly performing doctors

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7002.402 (Published 12 August 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:402
  1. Richard Smith
  1. Editor BMJ, London WC1H9JR

    Something much more inspired and fundamental is required

    The British government earlier this week came up with a flabby and poorly written document as its contribution to the longstanding problem of poorly performing doctors (see also p 406).1 The government announced that it would do something in the autumn of 1993, after a spate of media reports about incompetent doctors. The announcement led to questions about the future of self regulation, particularly when the government had failed to find parliamentary time for the General Medical Council's proposals on dealing with doctors who performed badly.

    The government promised action by the end of 1993, but the working party discovered that “achieving the deadline was always likely to be difficult as the Group quickly identified a considerable number of issues requiring consideration.” Consequently the report faded into the depths of the Department of …

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