The General Medical Council (GMC) charity is no stranger to controversy and the latest concerns its proposals to force doctors to apologise if they have previously refused to do so and to be able to restrict practice of those who have made mistakes and since retrained, even if their work has improved. Views of the public and specialist groups are now being sought, as are the views of people involved with Patient Public Involvement activities and groups in a Medical Schools Council consultation exercise.
If you missed it, you might like to listen to the interview between Peter Walsh, Niall Dickson and Clare Gerada on the Today programme today (22/08/2014).
The GMC is a charity and like many/most these days receives funding from the provision of services. Government clearly provides it with much of its business as well as funding, so could it be the case that it then has to dance according to the Westminster pipers’ tune?
Whilst no-one could deny the need to shift the balance of power from the doctor to the patient; none of us are going to be best served by an over-regulated and harrassed workforce, where many medical students already dread the Fitness to Practice procedures of the GMC and other more experienced hands have acquired the necessary resilience to survive in an increasingly psychotoxic NH system.