Will we be getting good doctors and safer patients?

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39136.412569.AD (Published 01 March 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:451
  1. Joyce Robins, codirector
  1. Patient Concern, PO Box 23732, London SW5 9FY
  1. patientconcern{at}hotmail.com

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

    Patients trust and respect the great majority of doctors and appreciate the skilful care they receive. We are tired of headlines exposing the few who let down the profession and shake our confidence. The measures in the government's white paper should ensure that doctors have an opportunity to show their expertise while patients can be assured that any doctor they consult is competent and deserving of their trust.

    Self regulation has produced some spectacular failures: Harold Shipman, Bristol, Rodney Ledward, Richard Neale, William Kerr …

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