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Regulatory authority reviews GMC decisions in Mid Staffordshire cases

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f7397 (Published 10 December 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f7397
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

An audit of 100 cases closed by the General Medical Council at the initial stages found “weaknesses or areas for improvement” in the council’s investigation of 22 cases.1

The review, conducted by the Professional Standards Authority for health and social care, included three cases of doctors who worked at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust that were closed by the GMC after investigation in the six months covered by the audit, 1 October 2012 to 31 March 2013. No doctors are named in the report.

The authority, which oversees nine regulators of healthcare professionals in the United Kingdom and social workers in England and which used to be called the Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence, carries out periodic audits of the regulators’ investigation systems.

In the latest audit of the GMC it found no clear or adequate reasons for closing nine cases; …

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