GMC Transcript and Court Procedure
I have now managed to get some of the transcript of the GMC hearing as images. I have been asking the GMC themselves to provide an electronic copy. They should do this, but I am not going to hold my breath.
I have managed a quick scan of part of the cross-examination of David Southall. It is interesting how he tries to redefine research as "Clinical Audit". The point about Clinical Audit is that it does not require consent for record keeping.
I am told that the Special Case Secret Medical Files are now going to be put with the medical records - which is where they should have been in the first instance.
This does mean, however, that any court case which involved requesting medical records (even at the pre-proceedings stage) from North Staffs or Bromptom now needs to be reopened if there was a Special Case file.
I have asked the hospital again to tell patients when this has happened.
There are also two rapid response debates on the BMJ website relating to these issues.
The BMJ have decided not to publish my final response on this stringhttp://www.bmj.com/cgi/eletters/333/7576/1024
I have responded on this one as well, but that was yesterday. It is not up yet, but it may go up.http://www.bmj.com/cgi/eletters/333/7579/1165