BMA conference calls on CMO to resign over GMC

Doctors' leaders have called for the 'immediate resignation' of CMO Sir Liam Donaldson.

At the 2007 BMA Annual Representatives Meeting in Torquay this week, they called for new leadership to allow confidence in the post to be rebuilt.

GPs and consultants overwhelmingly backed a motion urging Sir Liam to quit over poor handling of changes to regulation, medical education and the Medical Training and Applications Service.

Dr John Hyslop, a member of the BMA's consultants and specialists committee, said that lowering the standard of proof in fitness-to-practise cases would deliver 'rough justice' for doctors. He added that Modernising Medical Careers turned junior doctors' careers 'into a lottery'.

Salisbury GP Dr Helena McKeown agreed that the civil standard of proof could wrongly endanger the livelihoods of many colleagues.

'We need to send the CMO a loud message that he can't fail to hear: you have lost the support of the profession and must resign.'

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