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Grassroots GPs call for GMC chief’s resignation in light of Bawa-Garba case

Pressure group GP Survival has written to demand the resignation of the GMC chief, in light of yesterday’s verdict in the Bawa-Garba appeal case.

The open letter from GP Survival to GMC chair Professor Terence Stephenson requests that GMC chief executive Charley Massey and the GMC executive board ‘be asked to submit their resignations’.

The group, which represents 8,000 grassroots GPs, says the Court of Appeal ruling to reinstate Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba to the medical register ‘demonstrates that the GMC is not fit for purpose in providing just and proportionate regulation of our profession’.

The GMC went to court last year to overturn the Medical Practitioner Tribunal Service (MPTS) ruling that Dr Bawa-Garba should be suspended for 12 months rather than erased from the medical register.

Although the High Court ruled in favour of the GMC in Janury, striking off Dr Bawa-Garba, that verdict was yesterday quashed by the Court of Appeal which said the MPTS’ decision had been more appropriate.

GP Survival says the ‘actions of Mr Massey and the board have damaged the credibility of the GMC, have caused doctors throughout the U.K. to suffer considerable fear and anxiety working in a highly pressured system that they will be held as scapegoats for systematic failures, and have likely caused damage to patient safety as a result’.

The letter adds: ‘Mr Massey demonstrates no real remorse for the actions of the GMC in this case, and, just as doctors expect to receive sanctions for serious professional misconduct, GPSurvival ask where are the sanctions to be applied to his deficient performance? An honourable man would have resigned today.’

Highlighting the LMCs Conference’s vote of no confidence in the GMC earlier this year, it says members of GP Survival ‘echo this and demand that action be taken to restore confidence for the profession’.

‘To this end, in addition to the resignations demanded above, we also request that the GMC ask parliament to convene an independent inquiry into the role, processes and attitudes of the GMC towards regulation of the profession and treatment of individual practitioners working in a complex and overstretched National Health Service to prevent future scapegoating. Until both actions are undertaken, it is difficult to see how the GMC can recover,’ the letter adds.

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Readers' comments (28)

  • Totally agree with all this. The GMC has lost the respect of the medical profession, and is not fit for purpose. Massey's resignation would go some way to restoring confidence in the GMC, otherwise I can't see why we should continue to pay subscriptions to enable them to unfairly scapegoat us in a failing system,& take us to court, leaving us to crowd fund to support the poor doctor on the receiving end and essentially fund both sides. Not to mention the high suicide rate of doctors facing investigation by the GMC, the GMC should be ashamed of themselves, do some serious reflection, and be accountable. Or do they have double standards, one for them and one for us?

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  • GMC motto "TO PROTECT PATIENTS" need to change to "protect patients and innocent doctors " they must help doctors and patients. they should abolish gmc fee for doctors. as it is now we have to pay to dig our own grave
    they should take legal action against patients who make malicious complaints.
    over the years I have read so many horror stories over many years where gmc persecuted poor doctors.
    more so on inappropriate relationship when patients relationship breaks down after several years and complaint is made. suddenly after several years patient decides to become vulnerable.

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  • Well the last ceo who was is charge when there were all the suicides just rose to another stinking big highly paid job
    So if Charlie Massey resigns will he just migrate upwards as well?
    Meanwhile the rest of us just wallow around in the pit which is the nhs

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  • We have the best chance now and need to get rid of the GMC, which is now no longer fit for the purpose for which it was designed. Those in charge should all go, as should the idea of a “GMC” levy and a new government organisation created with no fees.

    #GMC must fall.

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  • GMC needs tree trunk let alone root and branch radical pruning - Unfortunately not just dead wood but alive and rotten to the core. Fell the whole damn thing and plant new saplings with vigour, promise and integrity.

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  • We as doctors also need to put our money where our mouth is. c.f. petition, which only garnered 20, 000 signatures.

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  • He has not reflected. His "360" feedback from us is really poor and he refuses to go. This man has made a poor calling and he should be struck off too. Unlike the professor he refuses to reflect and does not have a shred of decency for his actions.

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  • Clowns. Jobs for the boys. Their execs don’t even have half a brain and this is reflected by their leadership and top down performance.. They’re only in those positions due to UK institutional nepotism. Only the uk will suffer in the long run, this is a mathematical certainty as the UK economy and the NHS continue to go downhill...

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