Insurers object to surgeon avoiding GMC hearing

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 03 November 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c6242
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

A body that represents private health insurers in the United Kingdom has accused the General Medical Council of failing in its duty to regulate doctors after it allowed a breast surgeon to avoid a public hearing by voluntarily removing himself from the medical register.

Simon Peck, who chairs the Health Insurance Counter Fraud Group, an initiative of 10 health insurance companies, said he was “appalled” by the decision to let Jerry Gilmore, founder of the London Breast Clinic in London’s Harley Street, opt for voluntary erasure on the grounds of retirement and ill health.

A hearing into allegations of misconduct by Mr Gilmore was due to open before a GMC fitness to practise panel on Monday 1 November, and former patients …

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