GMC’s reasons for refusing to let surgeon leave medical register were inadequate

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 02 September 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f5386
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

A surgeon accused of botching operations over 18 years has won a High Court challenge against the General Medical Council over its refusal to let him remove his name voluntarily from the medical register.

A High Court judge has ruled that the GMC failed to give adequate reasons for not allowing David Jackson to opt for voluntary erasure on the grounds of illness and for insisting on a hearing instead.

Jackson faces 75 counts of inappropriate and incorrect treatment of 16 patients with breast or colon cancer or requiring cosmetic surgery across four hospitals in Kent from 1989 to 2007. He is charged with misconduct and deficient professional performance and also faces …

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