Dobson criticises GMCBMJ 1998; 316 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7149.1925 (Published 27 June 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:1925
- John Warden, parliamentary correspondent
How the Bristol case examining the circumstances of the deaths of 29 babies and young children who underwent heart surgery impinges on the regulation of the medical profession soon became clear when Mr Dobson's criticism of the General Medical Council was openly challenged by the Royal College of Surgeons, but supported by the bereaved parents and by MPs who want state regulation.
At issue is the independence of the GMC from the threat of government interference and the statutory right of the profession to self regulation. The college's president, Sir Rodney Sweetnam, forecast “quite considerable repercussions” for the college.
The origin of the conflict with Mr Dobson, the …