GMC and attorney general challenge immunity for witnessesBMJ 2006; 333 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.333.7559.111-a (Published 13 July 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:111
- Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
The attorney general, Peter Goldsmith, went to the Court of Appeal in London this week to try to overturn a High Court ruling that gave expert witnesses in court cases virtual immunity from disciplinary action by regulators over flawed evidence.
Lord Goldsmith, the UK government's senior law officer, intervened in an appeal by the General Medical Council against a ruling last February by a High Court judge, Mr Justice Collins, that cleared Roy Meadow of serious professional misconduct.
The retired paediatrician gave misleading evidence about the likelihood of two …