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Bipolar GP dies by suicide 'following patient complaint about online blog'


If it wasn't the case that the patient is often ill informed and ignorant there wouldn't be such a demand to come and see us and ask our opinion. Society is on a seemingly relentless drive to enable patients to state their view and push their opinions increasingly at the expense of folk who've spent years studying what the correct approach is. Every day I meet people who want to tell me how they should be treated, what antibiotic works 'for them' , that they disagree with my diagnosis and want me to rubber stamp the ideas they came in with. Of cause use we need to be listening to the peole who see us, we couldn't work out what is wrong with them without listening to what they say, there has to be a balance and slavishly doing what we are told and opening ourselves up to any random rubbish comment while obsessively protecting the people who so at the expense of the Dr is a receipt for madness. Only the other day I read a story on here reporting the GMC are planning a massive extension to the amount of personal information they hold on Drs on the register that will be avaliable to Jo Public. This kind of sad event is symptomatic of a culture of enabling the ignorant and controlling those trained to help them. My very best wishes to this Dr and those who love her.

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06 Sep 2016

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