GMC sees rise in doctors charged with accessing child pornography websitesBMJ 2004; 328 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7446.973 (Published 22 April 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:973
- Caroline White
The UK doctors' regulatory body, the General Medical Council, has been forced to amend its sanctions guidance, in the light of the rapid rise in referrals of doctors who have been charged with accessing child pornography.
Between 1980 and 2002, just one case involving child pornography was referred to the GMC. But in 2003, the council's Professional Conduct Committee heard eight cases, resulting in six suspensions and two doctors being struck off the register.
So far this year, two doctors have been struck off and two suspended.
Although the overall numbers are …