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Will we be getting good doctors and safer patients?

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 01 March 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:450
  1. Adam James Pringle, general practitioner
  1. Lawley, Telford TF4 2LL
  1. ajpringle{at}

    Last week, the Department of Health announced its plans for reforming regulation of doctors. The BMJ asked some of those affected for their opinions

    It is sad, but unsurprising, to see the changes in medical regulation suggested in Good Doctors, Safer Patients1 being railroaded through unchanged despite the almost universal agreement among working doctors that they are fundamentally flawed ( discussion forum). To quote Liam Donaldson, “There is little disagreement with the assertion that in 2006 every patient is entitled to a good doctor. Yet, there is no universally agreed and widely understood definition of what a …

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