Judicial functions of GMC should be abolished

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7287.671 (Published 17 March 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:671
  1. Olusola O A Oni, consultant orthopaedic surgeon (Olusola.on@uhl.nhs.uk)
  1. Glenfield Hospital, Leicester LE3 9QP

    EDITOR—Attempts are afoot to turn the General Medical Council into an Alan Milburn quango; hence, it has become necessary for doctors to know what they would be deprived of as a consequence.

    Currently, the GMC is like a court and is therefore not accountable to ministers or the public. It is a domestic tribunal with the sole purpose of allowing doctors to sit in judgment over other doctors. Therefore, although the Medical Act 1983 makes provision for non-doctors …

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