England to consider shake-up of medical regulationBMJ 2006; 333 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.333.7560.163 (Published 20 July 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:163
- Andrew Cole
England's chief medical officer, Liam Donaldson, has recommended a radical shake-up of the way doctors' performance is assessed and a substantial reduction in the powers of their regulatory body, the General Medical Council.
The long anticipated review of medical regulation contains 44 recommendations, including lowering the burden of proof in misconduct cases; a rigorous system of revalidation for all doctors; and the devolution of many of the GMC's powers to local hospital level.
The report, prompted by the murder of an estimated 250 patients by the GP Harold Shipman and a subsequent inquiry …