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BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 04 December 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:1505

GMC agrees a change in culture is needed

In its initial response to the House of Commons health select committee's report on adverse clinical incidents (27 November, p 1392) the General Medical Council says that it will continue to work with other agencies to monitor and improve standards of quality in health care and support measures which lead to faster local resolution of patients' problems. The GMC's president, Sir Donald Irvine, said,”We need a change in the culture of medicine, in the NHS, and the profession, to actively promote quality improvement so that we have a climate in which doctors deal with poor performance because it's the right thing to do.” He believes that a constructive approach based on clinical governance and revalidation could accomplish this

On the select committee's suggestion that there should be an increase in the lay membership of the GMC—at present it is 25% of the council—Sir Donald said that lay members played a full part in all areas of the GMC's work; the council was seeking the public's views on the new policies on the restoration of doctors and on revalidation; and it would continue to explore new ways of …

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