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'Fitness-to-practise process could become not fit for purpose'

As the GMC announces sweeping new proposals to make its fitness-to-practise (FTP) process more 'sensitive' to the needs of vulnerable doctors – the regulator's assistant director of FTP Anna Rowland tells Pulse it 'recognises the process needs to change' 

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  • the 'system' ... the 'system'

    the best thing is if the GMC goes and take the hanger-ons and bureaucrats with it. let them get a real front line job.

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  • This has not been my experience over the past two years. As I await my Fitness to Practice hearing, I have endured nothing but psychological torture, incompetence and cruelty at the hands of the GMC, who have treated me as guilty until proved innocent throughout. Their investigation has been far from complete or comprehensive; there has been no meaningful or timely communication, and certainly no meetings. It took 11 months for them to even tell me what the allegations were against me. Communications have been erratic, and have even included confidential information about other doctors. Doctor Support was initially unavailable. As I approach my tribunal, I have absolutely no confidence that I will receive justice, or a fair hearing at the hands of these people.

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  • Is it me or does her body language betray her lack of confidence in what shes saying(lots and lots of hand gestures).

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  • Agreed - the overall feeling is of someone who lacks confidence and does not believe in what she is saying. Generally rather second-rate.

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  • If she genuinely doesnt believe they are currently fit for purpose then they should be halted.

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  • Why do you most of you chaps, go anonymous?
    I was a GP. had FTP in Feb 2012, after receiving complaint in Aug 2011. Behaviour of GMC was disgraceful. During my hearing I was called a liar by the GMC prosecutor. The FTP were extremely considerate, I was deemed not to be in breach on 5 counts. I then got a letter from GMC, no apology, but a letter implying "we know you may have been in breach, so just watch out " . I think GMC, which is government run, should be disbanded. If Dr. Anonymous of 19 apr 747pm wants to get in touch with me , then e-mail jinfin96@aol.com

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  • Of course it needs to change. Its criminal that so many people died due to this process

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  • I think most of us go anonymous through the real fear that the GMC - our regulator- has stated it regularly trawls the press for any information that might lead it to consider an investigation,

    I have no trust in the GMC and suspect they would use any information they could - including dissent on here - as a reason destroy you.

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  • Following Sarndrah Horsfall’s report it has been revealed that more than 100 doctors have died whilst being investigated recently by the GMC of which 28 have committed suicide.

    As with Hillsborough, a fundamental reform of the decision-maker is required. For the families, the full truth is needed. I don’t believe we will have it until a proper inquiry is established as proposed by Dr Helen Bright and others.



    This must stop – the GMC hasn’t learned and hasn’t changed.

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  • Typical GMC. Slippery fish. They know very well what they have done and why they abused power given to them on a mega scale. For example, in how they set up membership of the Fitness to Practice Panels. They can stitch up anyone if they fancy it.
    Doctors4Justice has fought for patients and doctors without killing anyone. Surely, there must be many doctors and patients who have high morals and who need to replace those at GMC who do not.

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