Originally posted on the Centre for Health and the Public Interest
Two recent reports from Civitas and UK and international researchersabout the treatment of doctors under investigation by the GMC raise very serious concerns. Their findings can be summarised in a quote from recent chair of the Royal College of GPs, Clare Gerada, in her capacity as a director of the Practitioner Health Programme – an organisation that provides confidential care for sick doctors:
‘The GMC is “traumatising” unwell doctors and may be undermining patient safety.’
Doctors are traumatised by a lack of support and help with personal illnesses, intimidating communications, and excessively prolonged and poorly handled investigations.
Few doctors would seriously doubt that investigation by the GMC is extremely stressful. A powerfulpersonal account from Dr Shibley Rahman illustrates the devastating consequences of a failure to provide support during an excessively prolonged investigation of an obviously sick and…
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