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GMC launches new tribunal service for UK doctors

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 11 June 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e4060
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

A new tribunal service to decide doctors’ fitness to practise was launched on 11 June, in the biggest shake up of medical regulation in the United Kingdom since the General Medical Council was set up more than 150 years ago.

The Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS), headed by a judge, will be part of the GMC but will operate separately from it and be accountable to parliament. The GMC will continue to investigate and prosecute cases.

The move paves the way for far reaching reforms of the fitness to practise procedures expected to come into force over the next few years.

Pre-hearing case management, better …

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