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.'