Regulatory bodies can discipline expert witnesses

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 02 November 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:933
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. legal correspondent, BMJ

    Doctors and other expert witnesses in court cases have no immunity from disciplinary action by their regulatory body, the Court of Appeal ruled last week in London.

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    Professor Roy Meadow said he was glad that the appeal court considered he was not guilty of serious professional misconduct


    Three judges, headed by the master of the rolls, Sir Anthony Clarke, overturned a High Court ruling last February that extended expert witnesses' immunity from civil action to cover disciplinary action by regulatory bodies—unless a judge made a complaint (BMJ 2006;332: 439).

    The case began in …

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