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Lockyer, the GDC and illuminations

Kevin Lewis asks quis custodiet ipsos custodes - or who guards the guardians?...

The opening weeks of February 2013 were a deeply embarrassing time for healthcare and its regulation in the UK. With people still reeling from the Francis Report on the appalling failings in basic care standards at Mid-Staffs Hospital, someone may have thought that this created another ‘good moment to bury bad news’- in the jargon of the civil service - and a few days later the Professional Standards Authority (formerly CHRE, the over-arching healthcare regulator) duly released its report on the matters raised by Alison Lockyer on her departure from the GDC in May 2011.

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