Light touch regulation may be most effectiveBMJ 2016; 354 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i3858 (Published 12 July 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i3858
- Michael C Copeman, oncologist
- Copeman Clinic, 22B 1097 Barrenjoey Road, Palm Beach, NSW 2108, Australia
The BMA says that the General Medical Council should be funded by the public rather than by doctors.1
Regulatory bodies such as the GMC and medical boards/councils in Australia have a first duty to protect the public. But the public may suffer if doctors—weary of increasing regulations or fearing career destroying inquisitions—shirk their obligations.
A regulatory body beholden to …