GMC chief retires as council votes for revalidation

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 02 June 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:1323
  1. Katherine Burke
  1. London

    Sir Donald Irvine, president of the General Medical Council, is to retire early after the council voted overwhelmingly for new laws requiring doctors to prove regularly that they are fit to remain in practice.

    Council members last week voted by 77 to 2 in favour of primary legislation for revalidation, with one abstention. Sir Donald chose the meeting to announce his retirement, planned for early next year. The council will vote in a new president in November. Although the BMA has often criticised Sir Donald over the GMC's revalidation plans, he insisted that his …

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