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A committee of MPs heard last week how the new duty of clinical governance to be placed on NHS mists in England is being underpinned by advice from the General Medical Council (GMC).
Sir Donald Irvine, the president of the GMC, explained that although the council has no jurisdiction over health authorities and trusts, in a new departure it was having a dialogue with them about their arrangements for governance over the doctors they employ. Under the health bill now before the Commons, trusts will have a statutory duty to improve the quality of care they provide.
He said that in recent months about 300 trust chairmen have discussed their responsibilities for …