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Doctors demand more information on GMC candidates

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 20 May 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:1362
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent,
  2. Annabel Ferriman
  1. BMJ
  2. BMJ

    The General Medical Council came under fire last week after it emerged that the regulatory body's newest member had been struck off in the 1980s by the GMC itself for serious professional misconduct, including three driving convictions.

    Doctors are angry at the lack of information on candidates for election after it came to light that Jennifer Colman—who polled the most votes of 50 doctors who stood in the by election after the death of David Baum—had been found guilty of serious professional misconduct in 1987 for rudeness to colleagues and failure to provide adequate treatment to patients.

    She also had convictions for driving while four times over the alcohol limit, failing to provide a breath specimen, and driving while disqualified.

    Paul Diggory, consultant physician at the Mayday Hospital in Croydon, wrote in a …

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