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Reaction: GMC's review of doctor suicides

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(1)I think there is a difference between .....' our first duty must , of course, be to protect patients....' and ' our first duty must , of course , be to investigate to see if GMC rules are broken....' This is important as a politically correct statement from Niall Dickinson.Otherwise , it is presumed guilty instead of innocent. (2)The currently set low threshold to trigger an official accusation in all forms( complaints , legal actions from no win , no fee legal firms, reporting to GMC) has certainly been eroding into the principle of presumed innocent and guilty until proven in Common Law. This has been interpreted as better way of 'protecting the patients' . Question remains ' have they got it right and proved doctors guilty in most of the cases?' I think the evidences presented even by GMC has explained that. Are patients better protected? I guess not . In fact , it is worse because whistleblowers are subjected to this cruelty as well. Where is the justice to be set? GMC has a lot to answer to the public if a system like itself has the risks of causing substantial cases of miscarriage of justice but let loose the real culprits...... (3)Niall Dickinson needs to realise that the current process of referring to fitness to practice panel of GMC can be abused as a mean of bullying. Clearly, bullying can lead to death . Reading the comments( nearly 100 comments) in the main article on the subject , the process of handling a referral case appears to be flawed. Disrespectful, presumed guilty and disdainful are the main themes. Even the Police cannot behave in these ways when they are at the stage of receiving and investigating a crime.Yes,the whistleblowing can be true as well as false allegation .GMC must serve for both fairness and justice. This is no country like China , Russia or North Korea . There is a reason why Themis , the Greek Goddess , is blindfolded for objectivity. Not sure GMC had displayed an understanding of that?

Posted date

20 Dec 2014

Posted time

6:35pm

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