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GP leaders instruct GPs to stop written reflections in light of Bawa-Garba case

GP leaders have declared they have no confidence in the GMC, following the recent case of Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba.

At the LMCs Conference in Liverpool today, LMC leaders also called on the BMA to advise GPs to ’disengage from written reflection in both appraisal and revalidation’ until new safeguards are put in place, with the chair of BMA Wales warning that royal colleges have been asked to submit their members’ reflections to the GMC.

They voted in favour of the motion that said it had ‘no confidence in the GMC as a regulatory body’, despite BMA leaders warning against the motion.

The GP Committee warned that it would harm the relationship with the regulator.

As part of the same motion, conference agreed to lobby the Health Select Committee to review the GMC’s conduct in the case, with proposer Dr Zoe Norris arguing that GPs cannot rely on a review a commissioned by health secretary Jeremy Hunt.

Dr Norris, chair of the BMA GP Committee’s sessional subcommittee, said: ‘GPs have lost all confidence in the ability of the GMC to be objective and to genuinely balance patient safety against the reality of being a doctor in the modern NHS.

’When you after your 14 hour day in your eighth month of working a partner down with another sick, with your list going up and up, when you make a mistake, are you confident that the GMC will be fair objective and balanced in its investigation of you? GPs have no confidence in the GMC as our regulatory body.’

However, BMA Wales chair and GPC pensions lead Dr David Bailey, said: ‘We have to have a GMC, we have to have a regulator, the public demands it and rightly so.

’We can’t start from scratch again and actually whilst there are real problems at the top of the GMC, the people who work for it are actually by and large people who understand the problems that doctors have, have empathy, have professionalism and are trying to do a good job so we have to try and reform the GMC from within, we have to change their policy particularly in light of the Bawa-Garba case but starting from scratch is not the way to do it. The way to actually engage with the GMC is not to pass a motion of no confidence.’

Motion passed in full

THE GPC: That the GPC seeks the views of conference on the following motion from the Sessional GPs Subcommittee: That conference, following the recent case of Dr Bawa-Garba;

(i) has no confidence in the GMC as a regulatory body

(ii) directs GPC to advise GPs disengage from written reflection in both appraisal and revalidation until adequate safeguards are in place

(iii) request the Health Select Committee review the GMC’s conduct regarding this case

(iv) mandates GPC to urgently implement a system whereby GPs can make collective statements of concern regarding unsafe care.

Readers' comments (38)

  • BMA leaders warn against motion?
    Who cares. we do not HAVE a healthy relationship with our regulator, the GMC.
    Now it is your job BMA leaders to represent us- or you too should stand aside and allow those who will.
    And quite right too about a different reviewing body. I wouldn't trust anything with Hunt's grease stains on it.

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  • I trust that the quoted Dr David Bailey will not be involved in any future engagements between the BMA and GMC.
    He is right that a regulator is needed, but sometimes best to rip it up and start again.
    Also good motions passed. Now lets get on with it. Thats another month that Dr Bawa Garba has not been working.

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  • Ripping up the GMC would just open a barn door for the government to take control of regulation itself. I believe an independent and fair regulator is essential. The GMC is not fit for purpose as it is - the fish stinks ftom it’s head. Given that a vast proportion has declared no confidence (and I am sure a number of other colleges will follow), the moment has come for the GMC leadership to resign and make way for a parliamentary inquiry into its failings.

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  • It's high time GMC appreciate that they have abondoned their Slogan “Protecting patient and supporting Doctors”.
    They have become the arm the Govt . Why should profession put up with the regulatory body
    who exploits the subscriber?

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  • GMC has lost the trust of GP’s! This is serious and must be addressed and resolved! Hunt is now presiding over a crisis. He must fix it or risks demoralized workforce who will make the NHS unmanageable! Perhaps that is his long term aim! Blame the GP’s!!

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  • Hallelujah! I really hope this momentum for change keeps up, then maybe some of us medical refugees may think of returning home...

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  • great to see some positive actions here.

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  • Finally a ray of hope for us all and a beginning perhaps for a reversal of the GMC’s
    Appalling treatment of this poor young doctor. The criminal case was wrong, the attitude of the GMC was wrong and we felt powerless to help her. I sincerely hope that this is start of something new that patients and doctors can feel confident in.

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  • I suspect Dr Bailey is another 1 session a week clueless joker. If the public demand a regulator they can jolly well pay for it !

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  • I have not met a doctor yet who has confidence in the GMC.

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