Medicopolitical Digest

Medicopolitical digestPrime minister reaffirms review body's independenceQuality document is too centralistGMC consults on consent

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.317.7154.354 (Published 01 August 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:354

Prime minister reaffirms review body's independence

The prime minister has reaffirmed the government's commitment to the independence of the doctors' and dentists' review body.

In a letter to the chairman of the BMA council, following the government's comprehensive spending review (25 July, p 231), Mr Tony Blair has reiterated the additional areas which all the review bodies will have to take into account when making their recommendations (25 July, p 231), but says that there will be discussions with the review body chairmen before the new terms of reference are finalised and that representatives of the medical profession willbe fully involved in the discussions.

This assurance did not satisfy the BMA council when it met last week. The chairman, Dr Ian Bogle, said that he had already had a meeting with the chairman of the doctors' and dentists' review body. Mr Brandon Gough told him that the review body would continue to work with its current remit until the two parties—the government and the profession—agreed a new one. Dr Bogle said that he would seek a meeting with the health secretary.

Loss of comparability

Dr Judy Gilley, one of the General Practitioners Committee's (GPC) …

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