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Will we be getting good doctors and safer patients?

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39136.524826.AD (Published 01 March 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:451
  1. James Johnson, chairman of council
  1. British Medical Association, London WC1H 9JP
  1. jjohnson{at}bma.org.uk

    Last week, the Department of Health announced its plans for reforming regulation of doctors. The BMJ asked some of those affected for their opinions

    I argued in November that the chief medical officer's proposals for reforming and restructuring the General Medical Council represented a major assault on the principle of professionally led regulation.1 The white paper Trust, Assurance and Safety sweeps that principle aside completely and for all health professionals.2

    Government has accepted Janet Smith's argument that being an elected member of a regulatory body, and by implication accountable to a constituency of fellow professionals, is not compatible with …

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