Regular readers here will know I have scant regard for the General Medical Council. I consider them arrogant, overbearing amateurs, inadequately supervised or regulated. An organisation that seems to think itself above the law, with human rights breaches proven against it in the high court, and maintaining a system heavily skewed against any doctor that comes it’s way.
You would have thought that having the GMC as a regulator would be enough wouldn’t you?
I have mentioned before that there are several other bodies that also have regulatory powers over doctors, but until today I had never heard of the “Health, Education & Social Care Tribunal,” which has recently banned a doctor from working in the NHS. The media seem unsure as to the function of this body as well, the headline claiming that the doctor has been “struck off”, while admitting further down in the article that the GMC has done no such thing.
The medical profession is fast becoming the most over-regulated profession in Britain. The plethora of bodies involved constitute a chaotic mess that inhibits the proper professional conduct of doctors rather than enhancing it. We are all perpetually looking over our shoulders wondering who might be scrutinising us.
We no longer have double jeopardy, it’s now multiple. The possibility exists that we might have to defend ourselves several times for the same perceived offence. For the many bullies high up in the NHS it’s a gift. As soon as one body rejects a charge against your victim, simply send the complaint to another. I have seen this happen. A NHS Trust sent a file of complaints against a Consultant to NCAS. NCAS rejected the entire document in a single afternoon on the grounds that it’s contents were spurious. So the Trust sent the same folder to the GMC, who took somewhat longer to do the same.
This is tyranny and should be addressed. Over to you BMA.