GMC to introduce “plea bargaining” for less serious misconduct casesBMJ 2007; 334 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39181.577211.BE (Published 12 April 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:763
- Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
Doctors facing some types of misconduct allegation by the UK regulatory body, the General Medical Council, will be able to escape full disciplinary hearings by agreeing to have conditions attached to their registration.
“Consensual disposal” will be available for the less serious conduct cases, allowing a doctor to agree, for example, not to practise single handedly, not to perform minor surgery in a GP setting, or to undergo a period of retraining.
Cases relating to problems with a doctor's health or performance can already be resolved by undertakings about future action, but the …