From Andrew Ketteringham
Director of Policy and Corporate Affairs, GMC
The Health Review Group (established by the GMC in 2004 to review the operation of our procedures for dealing with doctors with health problems) produced its final report in July and that report is currently out for consultation.
The group was chaired by Dame Deirdre Hine and involved representatives of a number of organisations including the National Counselling Service for Sick Doctors and the Medical Protection Society as well as a number of psychiatrists, a chief executive of a large NHS trust and a postgraduate dean.
One recommendation by the group was that the GMC should develop clear policies on the circumstances in which it should share restrictions on registration that relate to a doctor's health with the doctor's workplace supervisor, medical supervisor, treating doctor and, where appropriate, the doctor's employer.
Council members will consider the recommendations in the report and the responses to those recommendations later in the year.
It has never been GMC policy to share the confidential health conditions on a doctor's registration with anyone other than the doctor.
Unfortunately, as you reported we inadvertently placed the details relating to a doctor's conditions on our website. We apologised for this both privately and publicly, and have reviewed our procedures to ensure this does not happen again.
‘We have apologised and reviewed our procedures to ensure this
does nothappen again'