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RH Smith
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Volume 35: Issue 2: 2005




The  GMC  has  come  under  harsh  criticism  after  as  series  of  highly public cases of failing doctors or medical systems and culminating in the Shipman Enquiry.  As a result the GMC has undergone fundamental reform seperating the elected  policy-makers  from  the  process  of  adjudication.   The  procedures  of adjudication  are  not  widely  appreciated  and  so  are  broadly  described  and  an argument is made in defence of the reformed procedures.  Caution is advised in judging  the  profession  too  harshly  and  bringing  even  more  pressure  on  a  hard pressed and still highly respected group of people, at least by their patients.