Defence of cardiologist in misconduct case

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.315.7114.1021 (Published 18 October 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:1021

Union defence should not always apply

  1. Martin Wolfson, General practitionera
  1. a Claremont Surgery, Surbiton, Surrey KT6 4RF
  2. b Medical Defence Union, London W1N 2EA

    Editor—After the collapse of the libel action by Peter Nixon against Channel 4,1 I would like to suggest, as a member of the Medical Defence Union, that a number of issues should be addressed by the organisation. In the Nixon case £2m of members' contributions has been wasted defending a semiretired cardiologist whose views are not accepted by the majority of his colleagues.

    The organisation must decide whether it should be involved in funding libel actions in any circumstance. If there are certain …

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