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GMC reshapes procedures on fitness to practise

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 09 December 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:1366
  1. Caroline White
  1. London

The medical profession's regulatory body, the General Medical Council, has developed a new warning system for doctors whose performance falls below acceptable standards, but is not serious enough to warrant restrictions on their practice.

The move is part of a substantial overhaul of the council's fitness to practise procedures, designed to streamline the complaints process and boost transparency.

Under the terms of the new framework, the three separate committees on performance, conduct, and health will be abolished. Instead, a doctor's fitness to practise will be assessed “in the round.”

The complaints process …

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