Commission proposes new rules for deciding doctors’ fitness to practise

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 02 March 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e1601
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

A new, simplified test for the General Medical Council and other regulators in deciding whether a health professional’s fitness to practise is impaired has been recommended in a wide ranging review commissioned by the UK government.

The joint review by the law commissions of England and Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland proposes a single statute to create a uniform framework for the 10 regulators of healthcare in the UK.

The consultation paper recommends that the statute should spell out a “paramount duty” governing all the regulators, although views are sought on two alternative wordings.

The duty could be “to protect, promote and maintain …

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