Medical sociology has long been concerned with the role played by specialist forms of expertise in enabling the governance of ‘troublesome’ social groups – including those who are unwell, ‘deviant’ and criminally insane. However, only recently has it begun to explore how the state ensures the public is protected from acts of medical malpractice, negligence and criminality. Against the background of a series of high-profile scandals, including the case of Dr Harold Shipman who murdered over 200 of his patients, this topical and authoritative book examines how the regulation of doctors has been modernised by reforms to the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service and the introduction of the quality assurance process of medical revalidation. In doing so, it questions whether there is evidence to support the argument that revalidation serves the public interest by ensuring that individual doctors are fit to practise.
Highlighting areas of good practice and areas for further research and development, the book is ideal for academics and postgraduates interested in medical sociology, socio-legal studies, medical law, medical education, health policy and related subjects
John Martyn Chamberlain is associate professor in medical criminology at the University of Southampton, UK. His academic background covers criminology, medical sociology and socio-legal studies. His primary research interests include the study of medical malpractice, negligence and criminality, as well as the role played by specialist forms of medical and healthcare expertise in the identification and governance of dangerous offenders, including violent and sex offenders.
Governing Medicine: From Gentleman’s Clubs to Risk-based Regulation;
Fitness to Practice in the Workplace: Medical Revalidation;
Fitness to Practice Panels: The Medical Practitioner Tribunal Service;
Regulating for the Safer Doctor in the Risk Society: The Process is the Punishment...?
"Chamberlain provides an effective critique of revalidation. With the limited research and evidence available, he shows that not much has changed in the work of the General Medical Council and questions whether revalidation changes behavior. This should be required reading for those concerned with professional regulation in Britain and United States." Ruth Horowitz,
Professor of Sociology, New York University
"This book by a renowned expert on medical regulation provides a very well-informed analysis of the latest developments and issues in an area of great public importance in the UK." Professor Mike Saks, University Campus Suffolk