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No anonymity for GPs in GMC cases

The GMC will notify primary care organisations of a complaint against a GP as soon as it decides it merits investigation, the council has decided.

The decision ends any chance of doctors involved in cases remaining anonymous.

It comes after the Shipman Inquiry signalled that proposals to notify trusts only when the complaint had been passed to a GMC panel would 'not command confidence or support'.

GMC member Dr Brian Keighley, a GP in Glasgow, said 'one of the prices' of GPs keeping professional self-regulation was public disclosure of doubts about a doctor.

Fellow GMC member and GP Professor Mike Pringle said the decision was 'an outcome of Shipman before Shipman has finished its work'.

He added: 'It's no secret the GMC is very aware of the potential of the Shipman

inquiry to comment on and criticise many of its procedures.'

The inquiry last week began its fourth and final phase, an investigation into GMC procedures.

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