Is GMC investigation an ‘occupational hazard’ that doctors should accept?
Doctors should expect to face a GMC investigation during their career as an ‘occupational hazard’ and build up resilience to deal with it, senior GMC executives have said.
Responding to MPs’ questioning in a House of Commons health committee hearing recently, the GMC’s new chair Professor Terrence Stephenson said that doctors seeing tens of thousands of patients during a 30-year career would get complaints and should be prepared for this while in medical training.
At the same meeting, chief executive Niall Dickson said that the plan for the future was for the GMC to have an ‘ongoing relationship’ with doctors regarding professionalism and driving up professional standards.
The comments come as GMC announced it is planning to introduce ’emotional resilience’ training and a national support service for doctors after an internal review found that 28 doctors committed suicide while under investigation by the regulator.
What are your views on these issues? Can one really teach doctors ’emotional resilience’ in the face of a GMC investigation? Please add your comments to this blog.