New watchdog given power to overturn GMC acquittals

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 01 April 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:783
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
  1. BMJ

    Doctors who are cleared of serious professional misconduct by the General Medical Council risk having their acquittals overturned by a court following a ruling this week from a High Court judge.

    The Council for the Regulation of Healthcare Professionals (CRHP), the new watchdog set up to oversee disciplinary bodies in the healthcare field, won a High Court test case this week against the General Medical Council over the extent of its powers.

    The GMC had argued that the CRHP's power to refer cases to the High Court when it believes regulators have acted too leniently applies …

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