It's a pity that Professor Sir Roy Meadow hadn't been on a course before he sent Sally Clark down. And I think Professor David Southall could have done with an update before he brought the profession so disastrously into disrepute.
Clare Gerada said,
"Champagne not yet on ice - way to go"
Is chilled champagne drunk from a poisoned chalice ... really worth the wait?
Andrew Field said,
"New cultures need new leaders ASAP"
But there isn't going to be a 'new culture' - it's going to be more of the same, only worse, with the 'upcoming reforms'. And that's the point.
It is abundantly clear that the medical regulator does not behave fairly or reasonably. This knowledge is enormously corrosive. I envy those doctors who can afford to drop their registration.
The GMC has become an instrument of persecution ...
... and the crushing of dissent. Doctors beware!
This short video depicts the pressure the GMC is subject to ... from powerful government apparatchiks.
The GMC MUST be fair to doctors and patients alike ... and it is vital that the GMC resists pressure from government and Big Pharma.
The GMC trial of the 'Royal Free Three' was a disgrace, and an utter disaster for doctors ... the High Court exoneration of Professor John Walker-Smith was powerful testimony to that. Niall Dickson did not do the honourable thing and fall on his sword ... and the profession did not get rid of him.
Dr Andrew Wakefield and Professor John Walker-Smith were hung, drawn and quartered by the GMC, on behalf of their puppet masters. The profession just stood by and did nothing. Now doctors are reaping the whirlwind ... dumb-asses!
Trust is so important. If only the GMC was an organisation that could be trusted.
The 'independent' tribunal poses a potential threat to power and profit. The Department of Health & Big Pharma expect to retain their right to hang and flog any hapless doctor who upsets them. That's what this is all about ... and it stinks.
Spot on, Nick ... yet again!
Needless to say, there have been a lot of twitterings in the medical blogospere about the disaster at the hospital in Stafford and what, or who, was responsible.
Over at the BMJ, Penny Campling of 'Intelligent Kindness' fame, has been twittering about remorse, shame, guilt and psychopaths.
"Without the capacity for guilt, we become asocial psychopaths".
Meanwhile, David Ansell, a London epidemiologist, talks of pots, kettles, blacks and asocial deviants.
"It is all to easy for doctors to blame the managers and thus bury the bad news of their own misdemeanour's ... Why does this happen. Research has shown that CEOs of large companies have a much higher incidence of psychopathic tendencies with lack of empathy. Powerful senior doctors may have also self selected themselves through these same traits."
Of course, the concept of 'honour amongst thieves' is well understood amongst bankers, pharmaceutical industrialists, as well as other top health apparatchiks.
Peter Swinyard (19 February 2013 3:14pm) said,
"I would have to say that, in industry, when there is a calamity, the CEO and non-exec directors usually fall on their swords as a matter of honour" ...
Of course, Dr Swinyard may have forgotten that in 2011 the industry giant GlaxoSmithKline was fined $3 billion for multiple criminal misdemeanours. In 2012, as a New Year honour, the CEO was dubbed with a sword by the Queen. Oh, calamity!
The culture is poisonous. GPs have sold their souls, their professionalism, for QOF.
Buckman said: "I don’t think it’s useful to blame leaders. If you’re trying to change a culture, you don’t change one individual. There are a lot of people to blame, pinning the blame on one individual will not achieve a culture change."
"GPC chairman Dr Laurence Buckman, said blaming Sir David was not ‘useful’ and wouldn’t’ spark the necessary change in NHS culture. He said: ‘I don’t think it’s useful to blame leaders. If you’re trying to change a culture, you don’t change one individual. There are a lot of people to blame, pinning the blame on one individual will not achieve a culture change."
The GPC Chair also said,
“The ‘quality framework’ that earns us a lot of money, I negotiated that. There happen to be fewer dead people as a result of that contract. About 8,500 people are not dead, where you would have expected them to die.”
'Big Bucks' Buckman has sold GPs a pup, a pig in a poke. Where's his sword?
‘The Hearing’ was the longest ever held by the GMC and Professor John Walker-Smith, a long retired paediatric gastroenterologist, gave evidence for longer than any other doctor before him. The GMC finally struck him from the medical register after a trial that had lasted nearly 3 years. He appealed to the High Court and in March 2012, Judge, Sir John Mitting allowed his appeal,
"For the reasons given above, both on general issues and the Lancet paper and in relation to individual children, the panel's overall conclusion that Professor Walker-Smith was guilty of serious professional misconduct was flawed, in two respects: inadequate and superficial reasoning and, in a number of instances, a wrong conclusion ... The panel's determination cannot stand ... The end result is that the finding of serious professional misconduct and the sanction of erasure are both quashed."
"It would be a misfortune if this were to happen again."
The original trial cost doctors about £8 million. The GMC cocked up big time. Did Niall Dickson fall on his sword?
In or around 1770, Edmund Burke said,
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."
In February 2013, Des Spence, in his Mid Staffs commentary, loosely translated Burke's words as,
"Terrible things happen not because of the action of a few but the inaction of the many".
PS. Des Spence, and little treasures like Ben Goldacre, are fierce critics of Bad Pharma, whatever. However, the boys have said nothing bad about vaccine safety, not a word, ever. I suppose vaccines must be safe and effective for everyone.
Des Spence is a national treasure, and like Dr McCartney, he's an honorary Scot practising in Glasgow. Des has recently written in the BMJ of the 'professional shame' of the Mid Staffs hospital disaster,
Des writes cogently of the desperate state the profession is in … and the appalling failure of doctors to behave professionally:
"And doctors abdicated leadership, fell silent, broke public trust, and failed to protect patients. We were a profession seemingly out of touch, obsessed with entitlement not professional responsibility, wrangling over terms and conditions, Pharma freebies, and striking to protect pensions that are many times higher than average earnings. We complain that the public has lost respect for doctors, but we seem to have lost respect for ourselves. Doctors should whistleblow irrespective of the consequences, not because of Whitehall diktat, but because it is our professional duty to do so. We should do what is right, not what is expedient or easy. There are no excuses—our professionalism is tainted."
PS. Andrew Wakefield carried out his professional duty and blew the whistle on vaccine safety failures. Remember what happened to him?
'The moderator' removed the 8:11pm comment by Dr Anonymouse, despite Chair of Council of the RCGP seeing fit to reply to it. Get a grip, Pulse! What extraordinary moderation ... yet more of it.
PS. I hope you do well, Dr Chakrabarti. Good luck next week.