Government proposes licensing system for doctors

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 25 May 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:1235
  1. Lynn Eaton
  1. London

    Doctors in the United Kingdom will soon be required by law to have a licence to practise, under new proposals from the government.

    Health minister John Hutton has issued a consultation document outlining the plans, which will form part of the new revalidation process for all doctors in the country.

    “We want to see a more streamlined General Medical Council, with much greater patient and public involvement—one where cases are dealt with more quickly and more transparently, while maintaining accountability to parliament,” he said.

    The …

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