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I have just checked our own practice's supply with exactly the same finding. This is a national scandal, a total disgrace. We are, as a profession, being shown disdain by the DoH. These masks are nearly 4 years out of date! How would CQC react if we did the same with drugs and injections. Absolutely scandalous.
It would seem an inappropriately and excessively harsh outcome for one of these GPs, to have a seemingly lengthy suspension when he has shown insight and remorse continuously through this case. I echo the sentiments of colleagues above - “there but for the grace of God go we” - and feel this is another example of GMC heavy-handedness, resulting in a very able and respected GP being thrown under a bus.
No longer an RCGP member, this goes in my gratitude journal immediately. Surprised they didn't supply pieces of silver rather than chocolate coins, such is their betrayal, and failure of insight to their members from this absurd gesture. I hope there is a lovely picture of Rome burning for members to colour in, whilst they sip tea catching up with equally worried and bereft colleagues.