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The GMC: expediency before principle

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 27 January 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:252

BMA chairman responds

  1. James Johnson (, chairman, BMA Council
  1. BMA House, London WC1H 9JP

EDITOR—The BMJ's rigorously exercised editorial independence is well shown, but lest Editor's choice and Smith's editorial on the General Medical Council are mistaken for BMA policy, I emphasise that these were not the BMA's views in the wake of the fifth report of the Shipman inquiry.1 2

Richard Smith, a long-term critic of the GMC, says that Dame Janet Smith finds deficiencies in the GMC's new fitness to practise procedures introduced in November 2004. Would it not be sensible to allow the new system a chance to prove itself before condemning its existence? In chapter 27 of her latest …

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