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Responsibilities of individual doctors

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 29 June 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c3385
  1. Niall Dickson, chief executive and registrar
  1. 1General Medical Council, London NW1 3JN
  1. ndickson{at}

    Chris Isles’ disturbing account (doi:10.1136/bmj.c1412) highlights both the continuing shortage of doctors in some parts of the country and the apparent failure of some agencies and doctors to provide reliable information about their skills and competence.

    Of course, the onus is on employers to ensure that the doctors they employ are fit to carry out the role expected of them. However, that does not take away the responsibility of individual doctors to ensure that what they say about themselves is accurate in every particular.

    The experience from this hospital raises serious questions about the role of locum agencies. These are …

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