Career Focus

Briefing

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.319.7213.3a (Published 25 September 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:S3a-7213
  • The professional bodies who accredit specialists must move very carefully and with due process-for after all, their decisions affect careers and continuing livelihoods. Mistakes can happen, and the latest newsletter of the body responsible for accrediting general practitioners-the Joint Committee on Postgraduate Training in General Practice-suggests that its officers are feeling exposed. They have received advice that the Department of Health would not indemnify them against possible litigation. The Specialist Training Authority is not so vulnerable. Its chief executive, Lesley Hawksworth said, “We have been independently funded (and insured) since our inception.”

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