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Doctors who fail to raise concerns about colleagues could be struck off

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 22 August 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g5298
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. 1BMJ Careers

UK doctors who fail to raise concerns about colleagues or about patients’ care could be removed from the General Medical Council’s medical register, the regulator has said.

The GMC has launched a public consultation on proposals to change its guidance on the sanctions that can be issued by fitness to practise panels of the Medical Practitioner Tribunal Service .1 The MPTS runs hearings concerning doctors whose fitness to practise is called into question by the GMC but is designed to be operationally independent from the regulator.

The current guidance on sanctions says that “it may be appropriate to remove a doctor from the medical register when their behaviour is fundamentally incompatible with being …

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