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Doctors with history of drug misuse will face spot checks

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 09 February 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:322
  1. Michael Day
  1. London

    Doctors with a history of substance misuse face spot drug tests, under new rules being drawn up by the General Medical Council.

    Under existing rules doctors who are under supervision for alcohol or drug misuse may be served notice that a urine or blood sample will be required in the coming weeks. “For obvious reasons this is not a satisfactory or foolproof way of doing things,” said the GMC's president, Graeme Cato.

    Last week, however, the GMC council endorsed recommendations from its Health Review Group for unannounced testing for chemicals to be brought …

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