A testing time for ethical standards

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.330.7506.1510-b (Published 23 June 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:1510
  1. Woody Caan, professor of public health (a.w.caan@apu.ac.uk)
  1. APU, Chelmsford CM1 1SQ

    EDITOR—The General Medical Council's recognition that “fitness to practise” is a lifelong issue is welcome.1 In the recent GMC conference Medical Education: From Here to Where? Janet Smith reflected on the homicidal general practitioner Alan Shipman. According to one summary she said: “Medical students who fail to demonstrate ethical sense should not be allowed to qualify.” She proposed the GMC intervene more in …

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