New council takes GMC to High Court for undue leniency

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 04 March 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:541
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
  1. BMJ

    The bodies that regulate the conduct of doctors and nurses in the United Kingdom were taken to the High Court last week under new powers to challenge decisions of healthcare regulatory bodies for the protection of the public.

    In its first two cases, the new Council for the Regulation of Healthcare Professionals challenged a caution imposed on a nurse who viewed pornographic websites during his night shift on a children's ward, and a finding that a GP accused of having an affair with a patient was not guilty of serious professional misconduct. …

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