Former BMA chairman fails to have most charges against him dropped

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 20 October 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c5883
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

The previous chairman of the BMA, Jim Johnson, has failed in an application to have thrown out many of the charges of misconduct and deficient professional performance that he faces at the General Medical Council.

His counsel Martin Forde QC submitted that for 27 paragraphs of the charges there was insufficient evidence of fault or lack of evidence to support a finding of impairment.

But the GMC’s fitness to practise panel held that it was too soon to consider impairment and that for almost all the alleged failings on which submissions were made the evidence was sufficient to support a finding of fault.

Mr Johnson, …

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