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Four out of five respondents back GMC plans to reduce public hearings

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d3604 (Published 09 June 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d3604
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

Proposals by the General Medical Council to change its rules to avoid a public fitness to practise hearing in cases where the doctor agrees to the sanction have been backed by most respondents to its consultation.

Some 83% of respondents agreed that the UK medical regulator should “explore alternative means to deliver patient protection, where there is no substantial dispute about the facts,” a report on the responses says. Those backing the move include most patient groups, according to the report.

Around 77% of respondents, including the BMA and the royal colleges, considered it appropriate for the GMC to have discussions with doctors to encourage them to accept the sanction, …

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