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GMC calls for doctors' reflections to be legally protected

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bit too late i'm afraid. also it confirms our worst fears that right now we are vunerable - it's not a perception - the GMC have effectively admitted reflections can be used against us. the current logic is as follows; 1. an incident occurs 2. whether the doctor is right or wrong an apology is expected 3. whether the doctor is right or wrong reflection is mandatory 4. it is not good enough to say in reflection 'nothing can be learned' so you are obliged to put something that you have learnt. 5. putting down that there was somthing to be learnt is viewed as akin to admission of fault 6. those reflections can then be used against you - do you think that now lawyers are aware that reflections can be used in court that they won't ask for them when prosecuting doctors? 7. in court 'expert' witnesses will be brought in to state that you got something wrong as it is impossible to provide perfect care and perfect documentation a fault can always be found. 8. you will be hung out to dry the shrugging of shoulders by the GMC, RCGP, etc etc and declarations that it's c'est la vie and it's the price for being a doctor isn't going to help you. i would go so far that the Dr BG case is the most important case in UK medical history - if she fails we all fail.

Posted date

26 Mar 2018

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5:13pm

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