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GMC considers widening number of cases it will divert from formal hearings

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 27 February 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b871
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

    Many more doctors who are investigated by the UK’s General Medical Council for allegedly providing substandard care could be allowed to avoid a public hearing by giving undertakings that they will retrain or practise under supervision.

    The regulatory body is to consult on widening the range of cases in which doctors are offered “consensual disposal” at the investigation stage, as an alternative to sending the case to be heard by a fitness to practise panel.

    The option, originally limited to cases of ill health …

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