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GMC should lose right to appeal fitness to practise decisions, says BMA

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k1702 (Published 17 April 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k1702
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. The BMJ

The BMA has called for the UK General Medical Council to lose its ability to appeal against decisions of the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service.

The recommendation is one of 17 made by the BMA in its response to the Department of Health and Social Care’s review into gross negligence manslaughter in healthcare. The review is being led by Norman Williams, former president of the Royal College of Surgeons.1

It was ordered after the trainee paediatrician Hadiza Bawa-Garba was struck off the medical register earlier this year, after the GMC appealed against a tribunal’s decision to suspend her for 12 months, following a convicted of gross negligence manslaughter.2

The BMA said …

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