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Adjusting to widowhood – and GP life back in the UK


Kate I read your article in the Gaurdian recently and it bought me to tears, it hit very hard and I feel for your loss. I had a similar situation, 2 years ago. A letter from the GMC on Christmas Eve just as all my family had arrived for the Holiday. It was like a huge hole opened up and a feeling of free fall anxiety a feeling of primitive fear. It was hard to carry on, my family were very supportive and the case was eventually after 18 months closed with no action not even advice. During that period I was close to suicide and I can see how it could happen, the complaint process keeps hitting you in the face, you become more cautious loose confidence self doubt creeps in on all aspects of your life. Once the GMC case was closed the PAG at NHSE still wanted an action plan and this will finish soon, I have continued to work and am coping with it well I think now. Closing the GMC case was a big relief but it still stays with you. I am sure you did all you could to help your husband. Suicide is an impulsive action and I am sure you could not have stopped your husband. I sent your article to my PAG to show them the effects these investigations can have. Many good Doctors have committed Suicide while having a GMC investigation in the last 5 years . I truly hope you can rebuild your life and be kind to yourself as time rolls on. I wish you the very best for the future and I thank your for your article which has helped me deal with my own situation so much.

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21 Apr 2018

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