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The Changing Medical Regulatory Context: Focusing on Doctor’s Educational Practices

John Martyn Chamberlain, Marty Chamberlain Orcid Logo

Medical Sociology Online, Volume: 4, Issue: 2, Pages: 26 - 35

Swansea University Author: Marty Chamberlain Orcid Logo

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This paper outlines contemporary developments in the regulation of the medical profession in the United Kingdom. It discusses how recent reforms in medical regulation illustrate that the state has responded to calls to reform medical governance so it is more open, transparent and publicly accountabl...

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Published in: Medical Sociology Online
Published: 2009
Online Access: http://www.medicalsociologyonline.org/resources/MSo-&-MSN-Archive/MSo_v.4/MSoVol04Issue2.pdf
URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa29714
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Abstract: This paper outlines contemporary developments in the regulation of the medical profession in the United Kingdom. It discusses how recent reforms in medical regulation illustrate that the state has responded to calls to reform medical governance so it is more open, transparent and publicly accountable by subjecting rank and file doctors and their elite governing institutions to a rationalistic-bureaucratic discourse of standard setting and performance appraisal. It argues for the need for social scientists to assess the impact of this development by conducting research into how doctors keep themselves up to date and ‘fit to practice’ in their chosen medical specialty.
Keywords: Governmentality, medical profession, medical regulation, revalidation
College: Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law
Issue: 2
Start Page: 26
End Page: 35