Patients deserve real choice
I have just read your story about Dr Jeff Featherstone and his investigation by the GMC (News, April 23). I received one of these GMC letters earlier this year about a patient I have never even seen.
Our practice removed a patient from our list quite legitimately for inappropriate behaviour. The patient decided to complain to the GMC about the practice. A colleague in the practice and I received the investigation notification.
As you can imagine I was shocked and very alarmed at the letter and even more so when I had never seen the patient, never written to him, never spoken to him. So, I phoned the GMC to ask why I was being investigated; they were unhelpful.
However, I did manage to discover I was being investigated because I was the patient's registered GP.
I contacted the LMC who listened but were not really interested. I then contacted the BMA who also were not really interested.
Both organisations came up with a very similar response regarding the set procedures now in place at the GMC and said I should just let it all happen.
None of them would help me raise the issue that this should never have even started the first stage of investigation.
Please keep highlighting the actions of the GMC. Something has to change in the way they are operating.
Dr Adrian Hamilton