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Doctors facing misconduct charges accuse GMC committee of bias

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7124.7b (Published 03 January 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:7
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
  1. BMJ

    Lawyers for three doctors facing charges of serious professional misconduct at the General Medical Council asked the committee hearing the charges to stand down on grounds of bias, in a dramatic development just before the Christmas adjournment.

    QCs for James Wisheart, John Roylance, and Janardan Dhasmana made the application with the full backing of the Medical Protection Society and the Medical Defence Union, which are defending them. But the committee, chaired by the GMC's president Sir Donald Irvine, declined to step down and will resume hearing the long running case on 12 January.

    Such an application is rarely made in legal proceedings and is thought to be unprecedented before the GMC, though a similar application was successfully made to the General Dental Council a few years ago.

    The charges relate to heart operations carried out at Bristol Royal Infirmary between …

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