Dr Clare Gerada
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'Sanctions against doctors must be proportionate'

Plans to toughen sanctions against doctors who make mistakes must be proportionate, the former head of the Royal College of General Practitioners has warned.

The General Medical Council (GMC) is considering plans that would force doctors to apologise if they have previously refused to do so, and restricting practice of those who have made mistakes and since retrained.

But Clare Gerada said unnecessary referrals to the GMC were placing increased pressure on thousands of doctors, adding: "They sometimes lose their livelihood, and unfortunately, in some cases, they take their own life".

  • 22 Aug 2014
  • From the section Health
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