Secret doctors' courts move a "disaster" for patients

The Society of Editors and the Newspaper Society have attacked the GMC plans.

Plans to hold General Medical Council hearings behind closed doors have been condemned as a "sad day for press freedom" and a "disaster" for patients.

A consultation on the GMC's 'fitness to practice' hearings was launched earlier this year after medical professionals claimed they had become "overly punitive".

The GMC's consultation paper argues that the presence of journalists means "allegations which the panel may later conclude to be unfounded are sometimes published in the media", and that "a public hearing is itself perceived as a form of punishment".

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