Doctors would not be prepared to pay to be regulated by a body which did not represent their profession, the chair of the British Medical Association has said.

James Johnson criticised proposals made by chief medical officer for England Professor Sir Liam Donaldson in his report on regulation.

Last July, Sir Liam recommended that the GMC lose its powers to judge whether doctors were fit to practise, and merely keep control of complaints. In response, the GMC offered instead to change its membership to a 50:50 split between lay people and professionals.

This week Mr Johnson attacked both ideas. He said a 'process of attrition' was trying to 'whittle away' the number of elected doctors on the team. 'We could effectively see professional regulation of the medical profession disappearing. I don't think doctors will be prepared to pay for it to be imposed.'