Medical Discipline: The Professional Conduct Jurisdiction of the General Medical Council, 1858-1990

Hardcover | September 1, 1993

byRussell G. Smith

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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.

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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...

Russell G. Smith is a Lecturer, Department of Criminology at University of Melbourne.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:444 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.26 inPublished:September 1, 1993Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198257953

ISBN - 13:9780198257950

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`'a thorough appraisal of the Council's function as a judicial body...a valuable resource for students of the development of the profession since 1858, and a solid foundation for any more general historical account of the GMC.''Medical History