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CMO's regulatory plans 'damaging'

Sir Liam Donaldson's proposals to overhaul medical regulation will be 'bureaucratic, expensive, disruptive, damaging to patient care and ineffective', a GP has told a Royal Society of Medicine meeting.

Dr Adam Pringle, a GP in Telford, told a seminar on the chief medical officer's report Good Doctors, Safer Patients that a future system of regulation should have minimal impact on clinically effective doctors and be open and honest.

He added: 'It should not be this system that combines

Stasi-style files with local political officers and a civil burden of proof.'

Dr Pringle added: 'The CMO believes 1 per cent of us are failing doctors. Essentially he's proposing a five-year screening programme to identify that 1 per cent, even though he himself states clearly there is no accepted definition of how to identify a good doctor.'

Dr David Lewis, the Royal Society's GP Forum organiser, and a GP in Watford, said self regulation was crucial.

'I've been brought up on a

diet of self-regulation,' he said.

'It's the essence of my profession. We should be screaming from the rooftops "no" to anything that limits and interferes with our independence.'

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