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In response to the BMA criticism of Trusts including gagging clauses, while GMC registered doctors, some of whom are also BMA members, insist on these very same gagging clauses in contracts with other doctors, the government and the general public are free to accuse the BMA itself and the medical profession of hypocrisy and holding double standards.
The BMA and the medical profession should first debate how it wishes to clean up in its own back yard, for example by spelling out clearly the duties and responsibilities of its own members against use of gagging clauses forbidding employees (who include other BMA members) from reporting them to the GMC. Additionally the BMA will need to decide whether it has the required resolve to take action against its own members and other medical practitioners where they have been found to be in breach of their own BMA guidelines and debate what these active measures will be.