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Doctors who make single clinical mistake are unlikely to face full GMC investigation under new process

BMJ 2019; 365 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l1829 (Published 18 April 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l1829
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. The BMJ

The General Medical Council (GMC) says that it will reduce the number of its full investigations into single, one-off mistakes by doctors.

The change comes after the regulator’s two year pilot, since 2016, of a provisional inquiry process for single clinical incidents. Under this new system a complaint or referral was followed by gathering information quickly from sources such as medical records, experts, responsible officers, and the doctors themselves to assess any ongoing risk to patients. The GMC then decided in each case whether a full investigation was required. …

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