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GMC reviews burden of proof in professional misconduct cases

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 11 November 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:1176
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
  1. BMJ

    The General Medical Council may adopt a lower standard of proof when considering allegations of serious professional misconduct. The regulatory body for doctors registered in the United Kingdom, came under pressure to review its practices last July when the NHS Plan for England said that the council should explore the introduction of the civil standard of proof and other reforms “if it is to generally protect patients.”

    Jean Ritchie QC, in the report of her inquiry into system failures in the case of the gynaecologist Rodney Ledward, …

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