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GMC loses right to appeal tribunal decisions or ask for doctors’ reflective notes

BMJ 2019; 366 doi: (Published 10 July 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;366:l4631
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

The General Medical Council (GMC) will lose the legal power to require doctors to produce any reflective notes they have made about their practice, under legislative plans to shake up the system of healthcare regulation.1

It will also be stripped of its right to appeal against medical practitioners tribunal decisions that it considers to have treated doctors too leniently, as part of a UK-wide plan to speed up fitness to practise hearings for the nine health and social care regulators and make their procedures less adversarial and legalistic.

The two proposals come from the Williams review of gross negligence manslaughter,2 which the government commissioned …

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