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Back GMC in reformation process

I read your opinion on the GMC (March 1) with a degree of surprise.

The GMC has now reformed itself. It is fit for purpose and is painstakingly addressing issues around doctors' fitness to practise.

It is right that the council has not reversed the concept of innocence until proven guilty or discarded the criminal standard of proof in trying doctors, but it does deal with unfit doctors by firm measures in increasing the threshold for restrictive sanctions once guilt is determined.

Any system whether judicial or quasi-judicial is fraught with difficulties when it comes to protecting the public.

The criminal prosecution service and the police are charged with the responsibility of protecting the public yet every week we hear of members of the public being burgled and murdered. It is premature to speculate on the outcome of the Shipman Inquiry on the basis of a leaked letter. The council of today is open, transparent, fair and firm.

Furthermore it is more than willing to learn the lessons from the past.

The reformation has begun. It is up to the profession to ensure its success.

Dr Sati Ariyanayagam

Elected GMC Member

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