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Tribunals should replace fitness to practise panels, GMC proposes

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 23 March 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d1861
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

UK doctors facing serious concerns about their practice would in future go before a medical practitioners tribunal, possibly chaired by a lawyer, under proposals from the General Medical Council for major changes to enhance the independence of its disciplinary role.

The tribunals, which would replace the current fitness to practise panels, would remain part of the GMC but would be in a separate service overseen by an independent statutory committee. The tribunal service would be led by a separate chair with “significant judicial experience” who would report to parliament every year.

Either all tribunal hearings or else just the most complex hearings would have a legally …

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