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The GMC: expediency before principle

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 27 January 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:253

Are doctors failing or is the system?

  1. Mark I Burgin (, general practitioner
  1. Rotherham Road Medical Centre, Barnsley S71 1UT

EDITOR—The GMC suggests that its job is guiding doctors,1 but when I wrote for guidance on reasonable practice I was told that it could not offer guidance on specific areas as consensus was too difficult to obtain. I instead had to contact a medical defence organisation for advice.

I was concerned that the GMC had lost its way. A lawyer friend described …

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