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GMC advises doctors to seek legal advice if reflections ordered by court


Sounds to me like a classic case of an iron fist in a velvet glove. Of course the GMC do not ask for reflections from a doctor under investigation. But if he or she does not present some reflections as part of remediation (odd, isn't it, how you are expected to 'remediate' even before you have been found guilty of anything to remedy...) then the GMC will simply say that you lack insight, and hang you out to dry anyway. And when you do voluntarily produce reflections from the so-called confidential appraisal process, the GMC will cherry pick your phrases, take them out of context wherever possible to use them against you, as they did in my case. As an appraiser now, I advise my appraisees not to document anything in their appraisals that they are not prepared to hear used against them in court. Because it can be, it is and it will.

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12 Sep 2018

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