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Grassroots GPs call for GMC chief’s resignation in light of Bawa-Garba case


On the homepage of the GMC it says ' We help protect patients and improve UK medical education and practice by supporting students, doctors, educators and healthcare providers.' The GMC went out of its way to reject its own tribunal decision. Massey went on pulse and other outlets to justify the reasons why the GMC took that decision. Sir Terence Stephenson was wheeled out on Pulse to basically apologise for the way we were feeling but backed the decision. No medical professional could understand the decision that the GMC made - hence the anger. Even Jeremy Hunt of all people could not understand the decision and launched a review. There were even articles in legal journals questioning the decision. The political decision was to take out the option of the GMC rejecting tribunal decisions. Now the GMC sole role is to balance these decisions and to be aware of the impact to doctors and to patients but they took a very one-sided decision and had no thought or insight on the impact on the profession. If a non-legally educated front-line doctor could see the errors of the GMC' decision then why could the GMC not see it? After the recent verdict the justification given is that 'the GMC has to make difficult decisions' and there are lessons to learn. What about the difficult decision we make every minute of the day for which we carry huge risk? Given the above - I can not see how Massey has the gumption to remain in his post and there has to be a hard look at how the GMC is run as no one in the GMC had the insight to anticipate how bad a decision they had made. There needs to be a detailed investigation into how the GMC is run and how they make their decisions. Until there are some real changes the GMC will not be trusted and I suspect has lost the trust of the majority of doctors - in that scenario how can Massey stay?

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14 Aug 2018

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