The RCGP should NOT take what would in effect be a party political stance on this or any other issue. It is obvious to everyone what stance those in power at the RCGP want to take, but they should keep out of it!
I am all for GPs earning a high income provided that they provide a high standard of service, and that the income is not generated to the detriment of their colleagues. Babylon steps WAY OVER the line and should be deplored by us all.
I strongly suspect that in 2-3 years time this doctor will apply for reinstatement and the GMC will quietly put her back on the Register.
If only 47% of GPs answered ''yes'' to the question about work-related ill health then I fear that many of the remaining 53% simply have a lack of insight. It is hardly surprising that GPs are reported to have higher risks than hospital doctors because, for us, on every working day we can be presented with a level of high or very high demand which HAVE to meet but that we as individuals quite simply CANNOT control - 1 visit or 8 visits?, 5 extras or 25 extras?, 10 letters and path reports to check or 110?
Surely this boy merited frequent regular follow up by a consultant paediatrician with a special interest in respiratory disease, who set out in writing management plans for chronic care and for acute exacerbations which were given both to the parents and to the family GP - did he have these essentials?
More changes - just what we need!