Four out of five respondents back GMC plans to reduce public hearingsBMJ 2011; 342 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d3604 (Published 09 June 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d3604
- Clare Dyer
Proposals by the General Medical Council to change its rules to avoid a public fitness to practise hearing in cases where the doctor agrees to the sanction have been backed by most respondents to its consultation.
Some 83% of respondents agreed that the UK medical regulator should “explore alternative means to deliver patient protection, where there is no substantial dispute about the facts,” a report on the responses says. Those backing the move include most patient groups, according to the report.
Around 77% of respondents, including the BMA and the royal colleges, considered it appropriate for the GMC to have discussions with doctors to encourage them to accept the sanction, …