Letters

Suspension of consultant raises serious issues

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7145.1677 (Published 30 May 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:1677
  1. Gerald Graham, Retired consultant clinical physiologist,
  2. Tony Robinson, Retired general practitioner
  1. Whaddon, Buckinghamshire MK17 0LT
  2. 5 Valley Forge Drive, Tonbridge, Kent TN10 4EU

    EDITOR—The recent news item1 and the subsequent letter and correction2 about the hearing of Dr James Taylor before the General Medical Council have not taken account of some serious issues raised by this case, which will affect interventional physicians, cardiologists, and radiologists as well as obstetricians, surgeons, and others.

    The accusation had been about consent, not of medical negligence. Negligence forms no part of the hearing. At issue was the extent to which consent is covered in the standard consent form used in NHS hospitals. After lengthy debate by counsel …

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