Justice must be seen to be done
We can all sympathise with doctors who receive adverse publicity in the media
because of accusations that are eventually disproved, but the short answer to the suggestion that anonymity should be given to doctors who are the subject of a GMC hearing is that justice must not only be done but must be seen to be done.
The arguments reported in your October 27 issue would apply equally well to defendants in court proceedings. Are they to be given anonymity too?
It is one of the GMC's prime concerns to maintain public confidence in the regulation of the medical profession. That will not be done by holding proceedings behind closed doors or by muzzling the press. Openness and transparency are essential.
Sir Michael Buckley