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GP careers still at risk under sliding scale

Doctors' careers are still at risk even using a sliding scale for fitness-to-practise hearings that is equivalent to the criminal standard at its top end, the GPC is warning.

Negotiators said even minor judgments made against doctors using the civil 'balance of probabilities' standard of proof could potentially halt a doctor's career progression.

Dr Peter Holden, GPC negotiator, called for the burden of proof to be 'in the 90 per cents'.He said: 'There's more protection against me getting an unjust speeding fine than there are in these proposals.'

Dr Holden said the issue was wider than simply loss of livelihood as there were many posts where an adverse finding by the GMC would bar the applicant.

Dr Holden said doctors would be barred from taking up posts including those at the Family Health Service Appeals Authority and as external advisers to the ombudsman.

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