Doctors threaten to withdraw subscriptions to GMC if they are not allowed to regulate themselves

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 05 July 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:14
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. Torquay

    Doctors have voted to withhold their subscriptions from their regulatory body, the General Medical Council, if proposals to end self regulation are implemented.

    They have promised a sustained attack on the government's plans in the white paper Trust, Safety and Assurance—The Regulation of Health Professionals in the 21st Century, published in February, and a direct campaign to protect the facility to regulate themselves.

    Doctors at the annual representative meeting in Torquay ran out of adjectives to describe their feelings about the government's plan to run the GMC with a lay majority of government appointees, claiming themselves “horror-struck,” “aghast,” “shocked,” “dismayed,” “revolted,” and “appalled.”

    Derek Machin, member of council and the consultants' committee, who proposed the motion said: “We want to be nominated by grassroots doctors and be accountable to the profession.”

    He accused Dame Janet Smith, who conducted an inquiry on the serial murderer Harold Shipman which led to the proposed changes for doctors' regulation, as taking “a murderer and [using] him as an example of how to regulate us.”

    “The GMC has …

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