Update on the doctors’ standards consultation

You’ll remember that last November along with the General Medical Council (GMC) we held a consultation on the actions that could be taken against doctors who don’t meet professional standards. The report of the consultation has now been published.

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  • More than two thousand people responded to the consultation, including patients, doctors and professionals from across the health service.
  • There was overwhelming support for striking doctors off the register following predatory behaviour.
  • 78% of respondents thought that Medical Practitioner Tribunal Service (MPTS) panels should take more serious action in cases involving bullying, sexual harassment and physical violence towards colleagues and where patients had been put at risk.
  • 61% supported stronger action being taken where a doctor has discriminated against patients or other health professionals.
  • The consultation did not back the idea that doctors should be required to apologise. GMC had recognised that forced apologies might not be regarded as genuine and this concern was reflected in the consultation responses.

The GMC will publish revised Indicative Sanctions guidance for MPTS panels to start using from this August.

Further information can be found here: http://bit.ly/1Gu9lUS. You can also call on 01612 50 68 28.

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