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Letters Need for fundamental reform of GMC processes

The GMC has allowed itself to become the “paramilitary wing” of the NHS

BMJ 2022; 378 doi: (Published 07 July 2022) Cite this as: BMJ 2022;378:o1660
  1. Andrew J Ashworth, GP and occupational physician
  1. Bo’ness, UK
  1. drandy{at}

The General Medical Council has become weaponised as the “paramilitary wing” of medical management by designating hierarchical bureaucracy as proxy for “the public” it purports to protect.1

Over a public holiday, a doctor under pressure was apparently left unsupported by a system that had mollified her concerns with a carefully constructed statement of “jam tomorrow” (I dare not describe a “promise” for fear of …

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