GMC proposes holding fewer hearings in public

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 13 December 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c7178
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

Many UK doctors facing charges of professional misconduct or deficient performance will be allowed to escape a public hearing under far reaching reforms proposed by the General Medical Council.

The UK regulator will consult from mid-January on the reforms, which would allow doctors to avoid the airing of evidence in public by agreeing to accept the sanction proposed by the GMC. In a briefing paper for its governing council the GMC says, “If a third of cases that currently go to a hearing were disposed of by agreement this would produce a saving of around £5m [€6m; $8m].”

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