Dr Meldrum was responding to the regulation aspects of the Health and Social Care Bill outlined by prime minister Gordon Brown yesterday.
Dr Meldrum said: 'The BMA's members have made it very clear that they are against using a balance of probabilities – the civil standard of proof – to take away a doctor's livelihood.
'Nothing less than the criminal standard of proof – beyond reasonable doubt – is acceptable.
'This does not jeopardise patient safety but maintains a system in which both the public and the profession can have confidence that fairness and justice will be delivered.'
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