Chief medical officer Sir Liam Donaldson looks set to modify controversial proposals to reduce the burden of proof in cases of medical misconduct and instead introduce a 'sliding scale' based on the seriousness of allegations.

Chief medical officer Sir Liam Donaldson looks set to modify controversial proposals to reduce the burden of proof in cases of medical misconduct and instead introduce a 'sliding scale' based on the seriousness of allegations.

At a King's Fund meeting, Sir Liam said that he had moved his thinking on the consultation document on the future of medical regulation, Good Doctors, Safer Patientsin which he proposed shifting from the standard of 'beyond reasonable doubt' to the lesser, civil standard.