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Independents' Day

Students may need litigation classes

Your June 30 issue took me through a rollercoaster of emotions, almost needing a counsellor to maintain my sanity. On the front page I saw Dr Gerri McKeever is to face an independent review panel for the silliest of complaints.

Diabolical, preposterous, ridiculous, height of nonsense and depth of stupidity and so on, came to mind. You can't be serious, I thought. I hope Dr McKeever will cope with all this nonsense and get on with her work.

Still furious, I turned to a later page and my spirits were uplifted by Dr Doshi and his success in using his 'human touch' in taming violent patients. Not my cup of tea, I confess, but I congratulate him.

Having calmed down, I kept turning the pages, only to be depressed once more to know that it is never too late to sue the doctor. Forty years is nothing but a flash in time. That a doctor is sued after such a length of time is mind boggling.

Maybe it is high time the undergraduate curriculum included examinations in complaints, litigation and compensation, and test them to see if they have what it takes to be a doctor in the NHS. They need to be forewarned.

Dr Anand Deshpande



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