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GMC should apologise for its handling of Bawa-Garba case, says RCP president

BMJ 2018; 363 doi: (Published 12 November 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;363:k4784
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. The BMJ

Andrew Goddard speaks to Abi Rimmer about the regulation and wellbeing of doctors

The regulator of doctors in the UK should apologise for its actions in the case of the junior doctor Hadiza Bawa-Garba, the president of the Royal College of Physicians has said.

In an interview with The BMJ, Andrew Goddard, who became college president on 26 September, said that the General Medical Council had lost the confidence of doctors through its actions.

“One of the aims of the GMC should be to engage with all doctors, to help them avoid fitness to practise issues. The whole purpose of its Good Medical Practice [guidance] is to be a code of conduct for how doctors should be and act.

“If you want people to believe in that code of conduct you’ve got to have them—the team—behind you, but at the moment because of Bawa-Garba the GMC has ‘lost the dressing room,’ in sports speak.”


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