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GMC approves change in the standard of proof

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 13 December 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:1230
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

    The General Medical Council approved a controversial new rule last week which will apply the lower civil standard of proof instead of the higher criminal standard at hearings to decide a doctor’s fitness to practise.

    The move to the civil standard of proof, which forms part of the Health and Social Care Bill now before parliament, is strongly opposed by the BMA. Moreover, all the medical defence organisations, which represent doctors facing disciplinary hearings, have voiced concerns about the change.

    From April 2008, when the new rule is due …

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