BMA rejects chief medical officer's proposals on medical regulation

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 09 November 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:987
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

The BMA has rejected some of the key proposals put forward by England's chief medical officer to change the way doctors are regulated. The BMA describes Liam Donaldson's report Good Doctors, Safer Patients, which was published in July (BMJ 2006;333:163), as a “missed opportunity” that has failed to gauge the mood of the profession and its commitment to change.

In particular the BMA opposes the report's proposal to lower the standard of proof needed to strike off a doctor from the criminal one of “beyond all reasonable doubt” to the civil standard of “balance of probability.”

James Johnson, chairman of the BMA, said: “We welcome several of the chief medical officer's recommendations, particularly those that move towards supporting doctors with performance problems. Other recommendations we …

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