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GMC member forced to stand down from disciplinary panel

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 19 January 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:168

See news item by Dyer

GMC member responds

  1. Jennie Colman, elected medical member (
  1. General Medical Council, London W1N 5JE
  2. Mayday Hospital, Croydon CR7 7YE
  3. Moorfields Eye Hospital, London EC1V 2PD

    EDITOR—There are two sides to every story. You have only heard one in the news report by Dyer.1

    When I was elected to the General Medical Council one of my nominators, himself a council member, wrote to colleagues: “The fundamental injustice which those of us who know Dr Colman feel she has suffered is admirably summed up at page 58 of the transcript of her restoration hearing in 1989 where Mr David Bolt, Chairman of the PCC [professional conduct committee] said, ‘If the circumstances surrounding this case had been fully known at the time of the original hearing there is no doubt in my mind that the matter would be in the hands of the Health Committee, where it ought to have been.’” This was an open hearing to which the public and press had access and is a matter of public record.

    Many doctors voted for me because they knew my story. Others did not. I reminded the GMC and asked for its advice before I sent in my nomination papers. Doctors should reflect on a system of false …

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