The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges has joined the British Medical Association in urging the General Medical Council to rethink its reform plans. BMA chair Dr Ian Bogle said the GMC's proposals were 'bogged down in bureaucracy'. In a rival 11-point plan, the doctors'organisations are calling for GMC council membership to be halved to about 50, with a smaller executive committee of 10-15. The proportion of lay council members should be increased to 40 per cent, they say. The royal colleges and the BMA also want to separate the hearing of individual cases from the rest of the GMC's functions.