GMC should not consider doctor's record when ruling on misconductBMJ 2005; 330 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.330.7492.616-b (Published 17 March 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:616
- Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
Testimonials from patients and colleagues, and a doctor's previously unblemished career, should not play a part when the General Medical Council decides whether the doctor is guilty of serious professional misconduct. This was a landmark ruling from the Court of Appeal last week.
In the first acquittal of a doctor by the GMC to go to the appeal court, three judges ruled that evidence of a doctor's previous good record should be taken into account in mitigation when …