General Medical Council

NHS Gagging Orders Will Continue to Cause Needless Deaths

Dr Raj Persaud | Posted 29.11.2013 | UK
Dr Raj Persaud

It has been reported that the General Medical Council closed cases against four senior doctors who held management positions at Stafford Hospital, while neglect and abuse occurred. These physicians face no further action from the GMC, and appear to have suffered none during the investigation.

Whistleblowing: The GMC's Acute Confusional State

Rita Pal | Posted 17.08.2013 | UK
Rita Pal

In reality, their position is confused: the GMC doesn't understand whistleblowing, and is often used by Trusts as an instrument of victimisation.

GP Filmed Female Patients Using Wristwatch Camera

Posted 15.03.2013 | UK

A family doctor who used a secret camera inside his James Bond-style wristwatch to record himself abusing female patients faces jail after admitting a...

Are Britain's GP Exams Discriminatory Against International Students?

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.03.2013 | UK Universities & Education

A group of ethnic minority doctors has launched legal action against the doctors' watchdog over alleged inequality in GP competency exams. The Brit...

Patient Safety at Mid Staffordshire and North Staffordshire

Rita Pal | Posted 12.04.2013 | UK
Rita Pal

A long overdue public inquiry into the appalling standards of care at Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust is complete. The findings are not unexpected.

Doctors To Get 'Medical MOTs'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 18.12.2012 | UK

Doctors' skills are to be reassessed every year to ensure they are fit to practise, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced, in what has been dubbe...

Part-Time Doctors are not A 'Risk' to the NHS

Rita Pal | Posted 18.11.2012 | UK
Rita Pal

Instead of blaming the influx of women doctors into the profession, the medical establishment should be reviewing their previous mistakes. They should then find ways of correcting the current problems.

Why Are Complaints About Britain's Doctors Soaring?

PA | Posted 18.09.2012 | UK

Complaints about doctors have reached a record high, the General Medical Council (GMC) said. Since 2009, the number of complaints has soared - and ...

Whistleblowing and Patient Safety : The Patient's or the profession's interests at stake?

Rita Pal | Posted 07.10.2012 | UK
Rita Pal

Medical whistleblowing has featured in countless newspaper headlines. The stories are usually victim-focused, implying that if you blow the whistle, your life is automatically destroyed. While that may be true in some cases, the stereotypical "victim" imagery is not constructive, helping neither the psychology of the individual whistleblower, nor the system that spawned them.

Christian Doctor Accuses Watchdog Of 'Persecution' Over Alleged Breach Of Medical Rules

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 13.06.2012 | UK

A doctor accused medical watchdogs of persecuting Christians as he denied trying to convert a patient to his religion on Wednesday. Committed Chris...

Christian GP Said Patient Would 'Suffer Eternally'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.06.2012 | UK

A Christian GP told a vulnerable patient he would "eternally suffer" if he did not put his faith in Jesus, medical watchdogs heard on Tuesday. Dr R...

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

Rita Pal | Posted 31.07.2012 | UK
Rita Pal

Recently, I read a blog post by a rather dashing young man who works for a leading IT company. It was entitled "Only you are responsible for your failure".

Doctors Make Error In 'One In 20' Prescriptions

PA | Posted 02.05.2012 | UK Lifestyle

Around one in 20 prescriptions written by family doctors contain an error, according to a study published today. Most mistakes were classed as mild...

Police Investigate Claims UK Doctors Advised On Female Circumcision

Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.04.2012 | UK

Claims that UK doctors were secretly filmed offering to perform and facilitate female circumcision are being investigated by police. A report by th...

Victory For Struck-Off MMR Vaccine Research Doctor

PA | Posted 07.05.2012 | UK

An eminent doctor was celebrating a dramatic victory today after the High Court ruled that a decision to strike him off over the MMR controversy was u...

'Living Wills' and the Medical Profession: When Clinical Best Intentions Clash With Patient Intent

Helen Gaskell | Posted 21.04.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Helen Gaskell

We live, we are told, in an age of independence, when individuals possess more ability to take control of their lives than any previous era in history.

Doctors Could Help Terminal Patients To Die

PA | Posted 05.01.2012 | UK

Doctors could be given the right to be able to help terminally-ill people to die, a report proposed on Thursday. Adults who are likely to have less...

Medical Whistleblowing - Is it Safe?

Rita Pal | Posted 27.01.2012 | UK
Rita Pal

One night, we sat in a movie theatre consuming large amounts of Haagen Dazs ice-cream. Whistleblower reprisal is difficult to deal with and those of u...

GMC: New Doctors 'Need UK Induction'

PA | Posted 15.11.2011 | UK

Newly-qualified and foreign doctors need to go on a basic induction course before they start working in the UK amid fears they may be underprepared to...