Call for a list of ‘experts’

By Douglas Shepherd

Founders of the surgeons’ trade union the Confederation of British Surgery (CBS) are calling for the setting up of a national register of medical experts to provide reliable and independent testimonies of their skills.

They complain it is ‘profoundly inappropriate’ that the role is unregulated and anyone can currently put themselves forward as a self-appointed ‘expert’.

CBS president and retired consultant colorectal surgeon Prof John Macfie said: ‘The public would be shocked to learn that in this country, as well as many others, there are remarkably few restraints on doctors, of any speciality, writing an expert report.

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