Judge condemns GMC for “unacceptable delays” and inactivity

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 21 May 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g3436
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

A High Court judge has strongly criticised the General Medical Council for a “lack of urgency as astonishing as it is regrettable” and refused to extend conditions imposed on a GP’s practice more than two years ago, pending the hearing of misconduct charges against him.

“It is . . . clear that the unacceptable delays in this case are not an isolated problem,” said Mr Justice Stuart Smith. “If, as appears to be the case, unacceptable delays such as have occurred in this case are common, the General Medical Council needs to conduct a significant review of its resources and procedures.”

The judge turned down the UK medical regulator’s application to extend by eight months an interim order of conditions originally imposed in April 2012 on a GP …

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