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GPC gives up on 'pointless' talks on enhanced services

The GMC is willing to concede to the Shipman Inquiry's demand that a new, independent body judge doctors' fitness to practise.

In a response to the Chief Medical Officer's review of medical regulation, it agreed that 'adjudication could be completely separated from the GMC'.

The GMC maintained its record on keeping apart the investigation and adjudication functions was 'second to none' but said 'further steps' may be needed to reinforce this perception among patients.

Dr Krishna Korlipara, GMC member and a GP in Bolton, said the move came after

a 'passionate and vociferous' debate.

The GMCs submission to the CMO emphasised building on the progress and reforms it had already made, rather than starting again 'with a blank sheet of paper'.

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