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If it moves, regulate it. That was pretty much the message of 2007 for GPs, as they faced the prospect of a new-look GMC and tough new regulatory controls.

In February the Government – with the backing of the GMC – confirmed it intention to push through the controversial shift to the civil standard of proof for fitness-to-practise hearings.

The Department of Health acknowledged the opposition demonstrated by Pulse's Justice for GPs campaign, and there was talk of a sliding scale – but that optimism soon subsided.

A new threat emerged in the form of responsible officers, to be the eyes and ears of the GMC.

But it was proposals for a new ‘super-regulator', revealed by Pulse in November, which most caught GPs off guard.

The new Care Quality Commission will have powers to conduct spot checks on surgeries, access medical records, strip GPs of their right to practise or even put them in prison.

New-look GMC and tough new regulatory controls revealed. GMC

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