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Fitness-to-practise process is 'threatening the lives' of doctors, think-tank warns


The more disturbing aspect here is that, despite being made aware of the shocking statistics of the doctors who died, the GMC continues to exercise little evidence of compassion in its regulatory processes. I make this statement using myself as a case in point. I am a senior neurosurgery registrar with autism who attempted suicide last year following four years of bullying (reported serially but never resolved). Having survived the suicide attempt, I reported my Postgraduate Dean to the GMC for bullying and misconduct (through abuse of position of authority) offering to provide hard evidence. The GMC dismissed my complaint within 2 weeks and instead used my complaint to subject me to an investigation claiming 'health impairment'. The fact that autism is a neurodevelopmental condition (albeit, a disabiity) but not an illness has been completely ignored by the GMC in its rush to punish my suicide attempt with an investigation in full breach of its on threshold guidance on health impairments. Doctors like me, who have had no conduct, capability or patient safety issues, who attempted to end our lives from despair need to be supported when we survive, not further punished.

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22 Jul 2014

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