First loyalty was to his patients, former BMA chairman tells GMC

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 25 October 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c6007
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

Jim Johnson, the BMA’s previous chairman, denied putting the representation of doctors before his duties to his patients as he gave evidence in his defence at a General Medical Council hearing in Manchester.

A former consultant surgeon at Halton and Warrington hospitals in Cheshire, he faces charges of misconduct and deficient professional performance involving 14 patients, including performing unnecessary operations, failing to obtain informed consent, failing to involve himself in patients’ postoperative care, and being rude to colleagues (BMJ 2010;341:c5883, doi:10.1136/bmj.c5883).

The GMC alleges that patients missed out while he juggled the …

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