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Sir Liam apologises to GP for 'Luddite' misquote

Dr Brian Keighley has received an apology from Chief Medical Officer Sir Liam Donaldson after he misquoted him.

Sir Liam's report Good Doctors, Safer Patients quoted Dr Keighley, a GMC council member and a GP in Balfron, Stirling, as saying: 'Any alteration to professionally-led regulation is unthinkable.'

But the excerpt, from a 2001 letter to the BMJ co-signed with seven other doctors, should have read 'Any alternative...'

Dr Keighley said the error portrayed him as a Luddite unwilling to countenance any regulatory change. In fact he chaired the committee which presided over the reduction in GMC council members.

Dr Keighley said: 'I was held up as an example of doctors unwilling to contemplate change. 'I'm happy Sir Liam acknowledged there has been a serious error which I would not have expected in a report of this importance.'

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