Regulating Doctors (Civil Society) by James Johnson
English | June 2000 | ISBN: 1903386012 | 85 Pages | PDF | 0.30 MB
Ever since the General Medical Council was established by act of parliament in 1858, the medical profession has been left to regulate itself. In return for freedom from political interference, the GMC undertakes to ensure that doctors on its register are fit to practice, and that professional misconduct is punished by removal from the register. However, the 'Bristol case', which involved the deaths of a number of babies at the Bristol Royal Infirmary, and the conviction of GP Harold Shipman on multiple murder charges, has raised serious questions as to the wisdom of leaving doctors to regulate themselves.