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GMC outlines core principles of new doctor support service


GMC is considered a good tool to weed out 'inconvenient GPs' as I learned 3 years ago. At the time, I was struggling to get my GMS Contract back and PCT and NHSE had gone on the warpath and set a date for closure of the Practice. A local 'Commercial Director' of an APMS Provider who professed to be a former 'Medical Director' of a North London PCT advised me to give up the Practice and leave as I would be struck off if I did not. This chap had an interest in my Contract as his Company was being paid £250 per patient at the time. When asked if the PCT could do that, his response was- 'That's what we do' He further explained the modus operandi- If the Doctor is being difficult, we escalate the complaint to a higher level and send it off to GMC and since it is coming from the PCT, the GMC strikes you off straightaway' He went on to brag that he had actually got somebody struck off in North London. This is an old story I have repeated again and again. I wonder who that Doctor was in North London who was struck off with escalation of a complaint to GMC by collusion of the Medical Director with the PCT/NHSE and . The pity is that this 'Com Director' is a RO and a 'National Commissioning Champion'. Fortunately, the APMS Provider parted with him after this incident came to light. The GMC would do well to look at issues surrounding complaints especially those backed by the local authorities as there may be vested interests involved. In my case, they passed the examination with flying colours as it seems they did take this into account at a later stage when a complaint was raised.

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15 Jul 2015

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