Letters Funding of GMC

Light touch regulation may be most effective

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i3858 (Published 12 July 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i3858
  1. Michael C Copeman, oncologist
  1. Copeman Clinic, 22B 1097 Barrenjoey Road, Palm Beach, NSW 2108, Australia
  1. mcopeman{at}bigpond.net.au

The BMA says that the General Medical Council should be funded by the public rather than by doctors.1

Regulatory bodies such as the GMC and medical boards/councils in Australia have a first duty to protect the public. But the public may suffer if doctors—weary of increasing regulations or fearing career destroying inquisitions—shirk their obligations.

A regulatory body beholden to …

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