GMC opens consultation on level of proof needed to strike off doctors

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 23 August 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:365
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. London

    The General Medical Council has opened a consultation on far reaching changes that would see the abandonment in the United Kingdom of the criminal standard of proof in doctors' fitness to practise hearings. It would be replaced by the civil law standard of “balance of probabilities.”

    But the medical watchdog may face an uphill battle in convincing professional organisations that the new rules do not threaten their members.

    The BMA and leading medical litigation insurers have issued statements that criticise the proposals. The BMA said, “It cannot be right and fair to take away someone's entire livelihood simply on the basis of …

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