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Coalition scraps plan for adjudicator to judge doctors’ fitness to practise

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 27 July 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c4063
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

    The government has halted a move to replace the General Medical Council’s role as decision maker on doctors’ fitness to practise with a new independent adjudicator, the Office of the Health Professions Adjudicator (OHPA).

    The office was set up by the former Labour government last January in response to a recommendation of the Shipman inquiry that the body deciding whether doctors in the United Kingdom are fit to practise should be independent of the profession’s regulator, the GMC. The inquiry, chaired by Janet Smith and which looked at the career of the serial killer GP Harold Shipman, …

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