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'CMO's plans may infringe EU laws'

The British International Doctors Association has condemn-ed plans to weaken the standard of proof used in fitness to practise hearings as 'totally unacceptable'.

Its response to the consultation on Sir Liam Donaldson's proposals stated that the proposal was unfair and could infringe EU human rights legislation.

Dr Prasad Rao, BIDA national chair, wrote in the response: 'We are prepared to work with other professional organisations in ensuring our objection to this particular recommendation. We have yet to come across a colleague who agrees with this particular standard.'

Dr Rao said: 'I will certainly be backing Pulse's campaign. You can't just throw doctors

out willy nilly because there are, say, three frivolous complaints.'

More than 750 doctors have now signed Pulse's petition against the proposals (see box).

BIDA also criticised plans for unfettered PCT access to patient records, for interviews for patients moving practices and proposals to pass responsibility for the undergraduate curriculum to the Postgraduate Medical Education and Training Board.

Show your opposition by signing the petition now

We, the undersigned, oppose the proposal in Good Doctors, Safer Patients to weaken the standard of proof required to declare a doctor unfit to practise.

We believe this change from the criminal standard, 'beyond reasonable doubt', to the civil standard, 'on the balance of probabilities', will lead to miscarriages of justice and see some doctors unfairly deprived of their livelihoods.

We also believe it will lead to an increase in the practice of defensive medicine, which will be bad for patients and costly for

the NHS.

To register your support

• Visit pulse-i.co.uk and follow the link to Justice for GPs.

• E-mail pulsecampaign@

cmpmedica.com, leaving your name and practice postcode in the subject field.

• Call 020 7921 8095 with your name, postcode and message.

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