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News BMA Annual Representative Meeting

GMC must focus on “significant breaches” only, say doctors

BMJ 2022; 377 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.o1594 (Published 28 June 2022) Cite this as: BMJ 2022;377:o1594
  1. Elisabeth Mahase
  1. The BMJ

The BMA must demand that the General Medical Council focuses only on investigating “significant breaches” of good medical practice, doctors at the BMA annual representative meeting in Brighton have said.

The motion, passed in full, said the regulator also must not impose sanctions on vulnerable doctors as a way of sending a message to the wider medical profession.

Proposing the motion, Scottish consultants committee member Tamasin Knight said, “Doctors under investigation by the GMC are dying. There is a culture of fear around the GMC, a fear that anything in your work or personal life, any mistake, any poor judgement, any disagreement, could end up under …

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