The General Medical Council is the Ultimate Bully. It has the power of professional life and death over doctors, and exercises that power in an unequal, arbitrary, unfair and inconsistent manner. They are able to get away with this in the majority of cases because their decisions can only be overturned in the high court, a course most doctors find too daunting to contemplate. So excessive is their arrogance, and incompetence, that on those occasions when they are challenged in the high court they almost always lose, as in this case today.
The comments of the judge were damning. “The judge said the GMC panel failed to address whether Prof Walker-Smith had been doing research or simply investigating symptoms to help treat children. There had been "inadequate and superficial reasoning and, in a number of instances, a wrong conclusion",
True to form that slimy little shit Dickson when questioned on the matter simply changed the subject, saying "Today's ruling does not however reopen the debate about the MMR vaccine and autism.”
No-one ever suggested such a thing. The case was about whether or not Professor Walker Smith was complicit in Wakefield’s undoubted guilt. The High court said not. The GMC are said to be “considering” reforms to hearings. Don’t hold your breath, the bastards will do nothing. They will continue to behave in the same reprehensible manner, while screwing every doctor in the land for the retention fee, or as it is otherwise known, demanding money with menaces.
The GMC is beyond reform. It is not fit for purpose. It should be abolished and replaced by a properly trained, properly qualified, and properly responsible and supervised regulatory body. It is time to get rid of this bunch of incompetent, pompous and vindictive amateurs.