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Appeal for GPs to join fitness-to-practise doctor support service

The BMA is recruiting doctors to join its confidential support service as ‘doctor supporters’ to provide help to those who are facing fitness-to-practise investigations.

The Doctor Support Service - commissioned by the GMC - provides a free, emotional support service over the phone to doctors that are being investigated by the regulator.  

Doctors who join the support service will be paid on an hourly basis, and will provide up to six hours of emotional support over the phone for each case and up to two days of support at an FTP hearing if required.

Mike Peters, the head of the Doctors for Doctors unit, said: ‘Going through a fitness-to-practise procedure may be very stressful and having emotional support through this process can be hugely helpful. 

‘I feel that being a doctor supporter is an opportunity for a doctor to support colleagues through this difficult time.’

Earlier in the year, the GMC committed to funding the doctor support service for at least another a year after the pilot found users of the initiative ‘derived real benefits.’ 

The deadline for applications for the ‘doctor supporter’ position is on 5 June.

Readers' comments (9)

  • Would it not be better to have a service completely independent of GMC and BMA....who is interviewing and vetting those who apply?

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  • Since when has anyone decided BMA is representing me? I certainly haven't consented to this

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  • Its difficult to support the accused when the level of proof is on the' balance of probability',when the rest of the populus when they are accused is 'beyond reasonable doubt'.In the nature of things in the case of medics the dice is loaded how can you support them when this monolith is coming to crush the life out of them.I have no good will toward the establishment.(has anyone else?)

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  • Didn't Mike Peters used to front up The Alarm?

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  • Isn't this a bit like doctors getting involved in executions in order to palliate suffering? I'm not sure that ethically, we should have anything to do with a system that fails to adhere to the basic principles of justice established in UK law,

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  • Treat the cause BMA and protect doctors firstly.

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  • The BMA and Mike Peters are GMC collaborators.
    They will only assist in your persecution and will be of no real help.
    An independent support system, with knowledge and experience of the harm done by the GMC is needed.
    Hopefully this new parliament will have the integrity to shut the GMC down.

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  • What I find odd is that one of the criteria should be to have had no involvement with fitness to practice squad before. I would suggest that the best supporters would be ones WITH the experience of going through such a diabolical system

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  • I note docs with adverse FTP rulings are excluded from applying; I would have thought those who have been thru the process (and lived!!!) would be ideally placed to help

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