Commission proposes new rules for deciding doctors’ fitness to practiseBMJ 2012; 344 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e1601 (Published 02 March 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e1601
- Clare Dyer
A new, simplified test for the General Medical Council and other regulators in deciding whether a health professional’s fitness to practise is impaired has been recommended in a wide ranging review commissioned by the UK government.
The joint review by the law commissions of England and Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland proposes a single statute to create a uniform framework for the 10 regulators of healthcare in the UK.
The consultation paper recommends that the statute should spell out a “paramount duty” governing all the regulators, although views are sought on two alternative wordings.
The duty could be “to protect, promote and maintain …