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GP campaigner backs Pulse

Dr Margaret McCartney has collected signatures from hundreds of patients and doctors for a petition against the Chief Medical Officer's proposals to overhaul medical regulation.

Dr McCartney, a GP in Glasgow, said none of Sir Liam's proposals were evidence-based and none would stop another Shipman.

Her 730-person petition, now closed, criticised plans to gather new information on doctors' practice and called for a standardised approach to assessing existing data.

She warned: 'We're at crunch time – we're looking at the loss of medical professionalism. We're going to be so regulated there is just no room for manoeuvre.

'It might look great on paper but at the end of the day we may not be looking at what really matters to patients, and patients are going to suffer.'

Dr McCartney backed Pulse's campaign against plans to weaken the standard of proof in fitness to practise cases to the civil 'balance of probabilities'.

She said: 'It would lead to more defensive medicine rather than best medical practice where risks and benefits are openly and honestly shared between doctors and patients.'

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