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GPs facing removal from primary care trusts' lists may get legal representation

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 26 January 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:197
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
  1. BMJ

    The Department of Health in England is to appeal against a High Court ruling last week that it fears could turn the new procedure for striking misbehaving or badly performing doctors off primary care trusts' lists into a lengthy, expensive, and legalistic process.

    The judgment from Mr Justice Toulson came in test cases brought by two GPs who argued that a refusal to let them have legal representation, call witnesses, and cross examine witnesses through their lawyers at the oral hearing to decide on their removal …

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