Letters Regulating medical students

Whose misconduct—doctors or the GMC?

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c3021 (Published 22 June 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c3021
  1. Peter T Wilmshurst, consultant cardiologist1
  1. 1Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, Shrewsbury SY3 8XQ
  1. peter.wilmshurst{at}tiscali.co.uk

    Yates and James believe that GMC findings accurately reflect misconduct by doctors.1 They are wrong. Much misconduct is not reported to the General Medical Council because of the profession’s code of silence, the failure to support whistleblowers, and concerns about libel.2 3 The GMC is also a source of bias. I found only seven cases in which the GMC reached a finding of serious professional misconduct …

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