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More doctors are raising concerns with GMC about colleagues, MPs hear

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 11 December 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f7457
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

The number of doctors who raise concerns about standards of care and colleagues’ practice is rising steadily, the doctors’ regulatory body has told MPs.

However, the rise has been happening for the past five years and does not seem to have been particularly boosted by Robert Francis QC’s report into poor standards of care at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, which criticised the failure of doctors there to speak up about the trust’s problems.1

The issue was raised during an evidence session of the parliamentary health select committee’s annual accountability hearing with the General Medical Council. MPs asked what the regulator was doing to help and encourage doctors to raise concerns about …

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