§ Mr. Milburn
All medical staff in the National Health Service must comply with the existing professional standards set out in the General Medical Council's guidance "Good Medical Practice". The GMC has made it clear that if serious problems arise which call a doctor's registration into question, these are the standards against which such doctors will be judged.
Our White Paper "The New NHS" announced proposals to introduce a duty of clinical governance in the NHS. This will provide a framework of local accountability to ensure staff comply with their professional duties.