The General Medical Council is under attack from the British Medical Association for the way it handled a doctor's complaint about a fellow doctor. Burnley consultant William Stevenson sent documentary evidence to the GMC outlining his concerns. After a month he received a letter requesting his personal medical records, having been mistaken for a patient. He then wrote to president Sir Donald Irvine, but has heard nothing after a further month, the BMA says.

Not enough is heard about good practice in social care, according to chief social services inspector Denise Plat. She was launching a report, Quality on the Way, which looks at the progress 10 councils are making towards improving services.

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