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The GMC: expediency before principle

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

A former BMA chairman responds

  1. Alexander W Macara (, chairman
  1. National Heart Forum, London WC1H 9LG

EDITOR—Inexplicable omissions in Smith's intemperate editorial on the GMC prompt me to break an unhappy silence.1

Late in 1994 the British Medical Association organised a core values conference for the whole profession (BMA, royal colleges, deans, GMC). It addressed the challenges facing the profession as outlined by an eminent lay member of the GMC, which, led by its then president, Lord Kilpatrick, had already formulated performance review procedures and called …

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