GMC steps up hearings to deal with rise in cases

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 21 July 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:129
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. London

    The General Medical Council expects the number of complaints against doctors for this year to surpass last year's record breaking total and is stepping up its hearing procedures to deal with charges more swiftly.

    Complaints to the GMC climbed by 49% to 4470 last year, with a big surge in March after revelations about the serial killer Harold Shipman. In the first six months of this year the GMC received 2300 complaints, and it anticipates that the final total will be up by 10% on …

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