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GMC wants a tougher restoration procedure

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 20 November 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:1324
  1. Linda Beecham
  1. BMJ

    The United Kingdom's General Medical Council is to consult widely on options, which would make the arrangements for restoring doctors to the medical register tougher and more easily understood by the public1.

    Although for most doctors whose names are erased, the erasure is permanent—between 1988 and 1998, 153 doctors' names were erased and 39 were restored—the council believes that the public has difficulty understanding why any doctors should be restored.

    There is also confusion in the public mind between erasure and suspension Although erasure is usually permanent, suspension is for …

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