By Mike Broad, The editor of Hospital Dr - 19th January 2011
Doctors could be able to avoid GMC fitness to practise hearings in future if they are prepared to accept pre-determined sanctions such as suspension and erasure, under new proposals.
A GMC consultation document recommends that doctors and patients should be allowed to avoid long and stressful public hearings. The GMC claims patient protection is the driving force behind the reform, which would still be a transparent process because even without a hearing, concerns and any sanctions would still be published on the regulator’s website.
For those doctors who do not accept the sanction proposed, or ... Read more>>