Privy Council reverses GMC decisions to strike off doctors

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 13 October 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:824
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
  1. BMJ

    Two UK doctors won rare rulings from the Privy Council last week quashing decisions by the General Medical Council to strike them off the medical register. Willem Bijl, a consultant urologist, was instead suspended for one year, and GP Mahmood Hossain will have conditions imposed on his right to practise.

    Traditionally the Privy Council—the law lords sitting as the final court of appeal against GMC rulings—has been reluctant to interfere with the GMC's decisions. But since the advent of the Human Rights Act a year ago, which requires a …

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