Reform delay

THE Shipman inquiry held following the murderous career of Dr Shipman highlighted failings in the regulation of doctors by the General Medical Council (GMC) and recommended an independent tribunal be established to deal with complaints against doctors. Seven-and-a-half years later, the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service was set up.

Today is the anniversary of the Francis report into abuse, neglect and deaths at Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust which made 290 recommendations for NHS improvements. Just how many of these 290 have been implemented, I wonder?

Neil Sinclair

Clarence Street, Edinburgh

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