Dear Anonymous - the link to Dr Malawana's letter to Mr Hunt -
Agreed - Anonymous | GP Partner 20 Apr 2016 11:18am, Anonymous | Other healthcare professional 20 Apr 2016 12:20pm & Anonymous | Other healthcare professional 20 Apr 2016 12:20pm
It is Mr Niall Dickson that is responsible for the GMC’s fitness to practise policies and business transformation programme and NOT Ms Rowland.
Following Sarndrah Horsfall’s report it has been revealed that more than 100 doctors have died whilst being investigated recently by the GMC of which 28 have committed suicide.
As with Hillsborough, a fundamental reform of the decision-maker is required. For the families, the full truth is needed. I don’t believe we will have it until a proper inquiry is established as proposed by Dr Helen Bright and others.
This must stop – the GMC hasn’t learned and hasn’t changed.
Dear David @ 07 Apr 2016 5:17pm
“You can judge a society by how well it treats its prisoners.”
“a 40% chance that doctors will come before the regulator at some time in their careers.”
This brings shame upon Her Majesty when the State Regulator acts to judge that 40% of her medical professional subjects’ practise is impaired.
Editor, be careful what you do. It is being noted.
There are many families now who do not share Christmas with their loved ones.
Some advice for those concerned under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974:-
"37 Offences by bodies corporate.
(1) Where an offence under any of the relevant statutory provisions committed by a body corporate is proved to have been committed with the consent or connivance of, or to have been attributable to any neglect on the part of, any director, manager, secretary or other similar officer of the body corporate or a person who was purporting to act in any such capacity, he as well as the body corporate shall be guilty of that offence and shall be liable to be proceeded against and punished accordingly."
Dear Una and others
In reference to representation at a GMC hearing, my Medical Defense Organisation refused to provide representation.
I therefore instructed a private barrister for a single Fitness to Practise hearing whose fees were charged at over £40,000.
In most civil cases and in other disciplinary tribunals costs are awarded to the successful party.
"But we did want to try to find out if there was more that we could do in terms of our contribution, remembering that most of these doctors enter our procedures already having had very serious mental health..."
According to a Freedom of Information Act response from the Law Society, the mortality rate of doctors undergoing the procedures of the GMC is 7 - 10 times that of solicitors under the SRA.
'Deaths of solicitors while investigated by SRA'
Dr Helen Bright : 27 November 2012
"We have an absolute moral obligation to protect them"
The Medical Act 1983:-
Section 38 - Power to order immediate suspension etc. after a finding of impairment of fitness to practise
and Section 41A - Interim Orders
impose a legal duty of care upon the General Medical Council and the Proper Officers of that organisation, as I am sure Mr Dickson is fully aware, and also thereby statutory liability for the deaths of those registered persons.
Dear Anonymous | Other healthcare professional 06 Dec 2015 9:37pm
A 'parody' of the proceedings of the GMC of a doctor who apparently has an Fitness to Practise hearing this week has been published st http://raisonen.com/ and http://daniel-gore.com/ with a response from the GMC at http://daniel-gore.com/gmc-response/
" The Matriarch of the Legal Profession" is Dame Janet Gaymer DBE QC.
Dame Janet Is the non-Executive Director of the Management Board of the House of Commons, and is currently its Acting Chair.
"New Chair of the GMC Council - Press Release
Notes to Editors:
*Professor Stephenson will stand down as Chair of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges before taking up this role.
The appointment process:
A total of 37 applications were received for the role of Chair. Candidates appeared before a selection panel independent of the GMC and Government, which consisted of four people with at least one medical and one lay person.
Members of the selection panel were:
* Dame Janet Gaymer (Chair): Currently independent lay member for the Speaker’s Committee of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, non-executive director of the Management Board of the House of Commons, Chair of the House’s Administration Estimate and Members Estimate Audit Committees. Former Commissioner for Public Appointments, former member of the Board of the Financial Ombudsman and former Co-Chair of the Consultation Steering Panel for the Legal Services Education and Training Review. Dame Janet also chaired the selection panel for the appointment of the Chair in 2012."
Regulation 28: Report to Prevent Future Deaths
Injury or disease causing death:
I(a) Incised wounds to neck and multiple stab wounds to the chest
Conclusion of the coroner as to his death
He took his own life
Circumstances of the death
A note found at the scene clearly indicated that the proceedings against him by the GMC were very much playing on his mind at the time he took his own life.
"Are you a doctor or a medical student seeking legal advice or representation in relation to a General Medical Council (GMC) matter? The dedicated Professional Discipline defence team at Kingsley Napley LLP is able to assist you. Our approach is to work closely with each individual client to offer them the service that best suits their needs; bespoke and tailored to your unique circumstances."
"It may...be judged indecent in me to come forward on this occasion; but when I see a fellow-creature about to perish through the cowardice of her pretended friends, I wish to be allowed to speak, that I may say what I know of her character.”
― Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
The mortality and morbidity amongst doctors going through these procedures has attracted attention.
From an internal report of The Health Review Group (HRG) by Dame Deirdre Hine, who chaired the earlier review of the GMC’s Performance procedures, between 4 and 5% of doctors undergoing the fitness to practice scrutiny died.
He said: ‘Over the course of my career I have twice been complained about to the GMC so I know first-hand how difficult the process can be."
Professor Stephenson, the detriment suffered by the doctor is not the patient complaint but the adjudication procedures of the GMC.
Dear Anonymous | Salaried GP - 01 Dec 2015 6:47pm
• How reprehensible is the conduct?
• Is the health and safety of others disregarded?
• Does the conduct involve a pattern or practice?
“If a man shall steal an ox, or a sheep, and kill it, or sell it; he shall restore five oxen for an ox, and four sheep for a sheep.”
Dear Dr Bright at 27 Nov 2015 12:31pm
As this is a matter of general public importance, a new inquest may be requested as the death appears to be as a direct result of a Public Body's actions.
The House of Commons Library has a Standard Note (SN/HA/525) on “Challenging coroners' decisions” available at:-
I have already lodged the matter under the Human Rights Act 1998 with the European Court as detailed in a previous post above; would Doctors4Justice or Pulse, or both, like to take the matter up with the Coroner’s Office as an issue in the Public Interest?
Dr David Waghorn
"Reaching a conclusion of suicide, coroner Jean Harkin said: “The GMC would have been aware he may have been consuming alcohol. That would have meant his restrictions would not have been lifted and James would have been aware of this."
“It is clear James was looking forward to the restriction being lifted so he could partake in the consumption of alcohol if he wanted to. It is also clear he was deeply upset with his last interview with the GMC."
It is the State (Ie the UK Government) that is liable for infringement of EU Law (Ie violation of Article 2 European Convention Right to Life of its Citizens) carried out by the State Agent (Ie the General Medical Council).
This is imposed by the European Courts (and is currently of up to circa €237,864 per day, a figure which is then multiplied by the duration of the breach) and a lump sum (based on an assessment of the effects of the breach for which the minimum for the UK is currently €9,938,000).
The World Medical Association
Declaration of Geneva
"AT THE TIME OF BEING ADMITTED AS A MEMBER OF THE MEDICAL PROFESSION:
I SOLEMNLY PLEDGE to consecrate my life to the service of humanity;
I WILL GIVE to my teachers the respect and gratitude that is their due;
I WILL PRACTISE my profession with conscience and dignity;
THE HEALTH OF MY PATIENT will be my first consideration;
I WILL RESPECT the secrets that are confided in me, even after the patient has died;
I WILL MAINTAIN by all the means in my power, the honour and the noble traditions of the medical profession;
MY COLLEAGUES will be my sisters and brothers"