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Service outlines plan to help suspended doctors back to work

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 06 October 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:799
  1. Andrew Cole
  1. London

    The National Clinical Assessment Service, the UK body that helps hospital trusts manage doctors' performance problems, is proposing a nationwide rehabilitation process for all doctors whose practice has previously given cause for concern.

    The proposals—developed by the service over the last 18 months in collaboration with royal colleges, regulatory bodies, lay groups and educationalists—are out for consultation until 12 December, with the aim of producing a resource pack by next spring.

    An estimated 1% of doctors are currently suspended or face some form of investigation or assessment because of concerns about the safety …

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