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GMC outlines core principles of new doctor support service


Every doctor in the UK is fearful of the GMC and a fitness to practice hearing. I've personally seen these people destroy the career of a local doctor that used to work in my area. This occurred whilst I was a gp trainee and I bought the issue up with my gp trainer and remember being given a tutorial on how to avoid a gmc complaint/ hearing- we discuses the usual issues such as communication, good documentation etc. However things have got much much worse since those days in the mid early 2000s. Now they've changed the rules on burden of proof in cases and also increased access for people to contact them if they wish to raise a complaint. People can send off a complaint against you directly to them and bypass local organisations (old pct etc) I feel for a couple of the posters above who have commented on their personal stories and have no doubt that the organisation has become sinister - take a look at the 28 deaths of doctors undergoing fitness to practice hearings. They've never been able, despite numerous studies, to explain why BME doctors are far more likely to be struck off after FTP hearings?? This after years and years of concerns being raised and studies being conducted. I even attended an LMC conference some years ago ( as an LMC rep) when this issue was raised and a gmc employee was taking questions on it. Anyway, be that as it may, if it is prejudiced it's become far more poisonous over the past few years to the point at which doctors of all colours creeds and nationalities working here, need to unite against it and being it back down to earth. It is a regulator and needs to maintain a neutral position in FTP hearings and establish the truth based on fair principals such as "innocent until proven guilty". Also it should be an investigator of last resort and should not be allowed to be accessed by any tom dick and Harry who may have a grudge against a doctor and bypasses local protocols.. Thank goodness I've emigrated and these people no longer have a say in my life and career!! What a relief reading all this!!

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15 Jul 2015

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