Deputising doctor reported to General Medical CouncilBMJ 1999; 318 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.318.7189.962b (Published 10 April 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:962
- John Warden, parliamentary correspondent
A deputising doctor has been reported to the General Medical Council by the British health service ombudsman, Michael Buckley, who found his treatment of a patient “perfunctory” when called on an out of hours visit.
The case is a marker, being the most serious action taken against a doctor since the ombudsman's jurisdiction was extended to general practice in 1996. It also establishes that, while in law the commissioning general practitioner is responsible for the performance of the deputising doctor, deputising services cannot wash their hands of responsibility. …