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What about GPs' human rights?

Our petition against the proposed weakening of the standard of proof in fitness to practise cases is gaining further momentum

From Dr Anne Nida

Tonbridge, Kent

I have grave concerns about the erosion of human rights for doctors practising in the UK. This proposed alteration in the standard of proof in fitness to practise cases will make us vulnerable to malicious complaints by patients and will force some very good GPs to give up practice (or worse as we have seen in the past when litigation starts). It will do nothing to improve the quality of care for patients. Doctors in fear do not give best practice.

• From Dr Rajesh Khapra

Darlington

Comparison with other industries is not fair, because the differences between mechanical equipment and the human body are so many that the operators/repairers of these complex machines cannot be judged the same way.

The GMC should remain the internal watchdog of doctors like any corporate house's customer relations organisation. Other organisations may be created to keep an eye on its fairness to public and professionals alike.

• From Dr Christine Shaw

Topcliffe, North Yorkshire

I shall be 60 in 2008. I intend to practise as a full-time GP until 2010. This proposal, and other proposals concerning revalidation, if implemented by 2008, will mean that I shall retire two years early.

• From Dr K Howcroft

Knighton, Powys

I don't think this country can afford the sort of health system this type of change will bring about, or, as others have noted, perhaps it is a backdoor way of making GPs throw in the towel, so they can be replaced by cheaper options.

• From Dr Michael Kemp

Omagh

If these recommendations are passed then I and many of my contemporaries will no doubt seek early retirement as the job is demanding enough without having to jump through Government-created hoops which will destroy the profession. Enough is enough!

If anyone needs greater auditing it would be our polititians who love to spin-doctor but have no sincerity in their actions.

• From Dr Adam Fraser

Birmingham

My main concern is the impact the change in standard of proof would have on doctors' practice of medicine. Defensive medicine will have an adverse impact on medical decision making, leading to increased costs without improvement in patients' health.

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