This book considers whether or not the General Medical Council's professional conduct jurisdiction acts fairly and justly when dealing both with doctors whose conduct it controls, and members of the public whose interests it was established to protect. By looking at the legal history of theCouncil since its inception in 1858 until the present, it is possible to see how the system of medical discipline in Britain developed, to reveal its present anomalies and problems, and to see how best to improve the system, if, indeed, such a system is worthy of preservation. Questions such as therole of lay members on the Council, the use of lawyers and Legal Assessors in hearings, how medical issues are resolved and standards of conduct set for the profession, are all considered. Over 2000 disciplinary cases are then surveyed in terms of the type of allegations made, what sort of doctorsare involved, and how they are dealt with. Detailed suggestions are finally made for improving the system.