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GMC is given power to appeal judgments against doctors that it considers too lenient

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h1660 (Published 25 March 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h1660
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1The BMJ

Parliament has approved changes to the law to give the UK General Medical Council the right to appeal to the High Court if it considers that doctors have been treated too leniently by regulatory panels.1

The GMC has been pushing for this power since it hived off its adjudication function in fitness to practise cases to the operationally independent Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service in 2012, retaining only the investigation role.2

A new order made under section 60 of the Health Act 1999, just days before parliament is scheduled to be dissolved for the general election, gives the GMC the right of appeal and makes changes to plug gaps in its rules and speed up the …

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