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Helping the General Medical Council

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.321.7253.123 (Published 08 July 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:123
  1. Kevin Channer, consultant cardiologist and physician
  1. Sheffield

    See also pp 61, 69, and 122

    I was a trainee in cardiology in Bristol at the time of the events leading to the disciplinary action against two cardiac surgeons and the chief executive over the deaths of children after cardiac surgery. These events have questioned the role of professional self regulation and the General Medical Council (GMC) has developed new procedures to assess performance. I volunteered to pilot the procedures. I thought that, as I had been in post for 10 years, an independent assessment of my work could help me reassess how I do things.

    The procedures help to identify the doctor whose performance is below standard so that improvements can be targeted. Before the team arrived on site I was asked to complete a detailed portfolio. I described what time was committed to teaching, training, and research, together with a full explanation of the clinical sessions I undertook in the NHS and in private practice.

    I still do not know if I am a good doctor

    There were questions about my attitude to …

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