The General Medical Council has responded to the British Medical Association's vote of no confidence in it by saying: 'The good news is the BMA's endorsement of the need for reform and their very strong support for revalidation.' But in a statement, the doctors' regulatory body admitted that the 'negative tone' of the BMA's vote, taken last Thursday, was 'disappointing'. The statement went on to say the GMC was already overhauling its structures and expected Parliament to grant it new powers to cope with a backlog of cases.' The BMA is pushing at an open door, ' the statement said.

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