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GMC should not consider doctor's record when ruling on misconduct

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 17 March 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:616
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
  1. BMJ

Testimonials from patients and colleagues, and a doctor's previously unblemished career, should not play a part when the General Medical Council decides whether the doctor is guilty of serious professional misconduct. This was a landmark ruling from the Court of Appeal last week.

In the first acquittal of a doctor by the GMC to go to the appeal court, three judges ruled that evidence of a doctor's previous good record should be taken into account in mitigation when …

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