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Delays experienced by doctors suspended by GMC

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 31 July 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:322

Delays are worst for doctors on short term contracts

  1. Steve Cox, Vocational training scheme course organiser
  1. Chiltern Postgraduate Medical Centre, Wycombe Hospital, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire HP11 2TT
  2. General Medical Council, London W1N 6JE

    EDITOR—I am sending this letter on behalf of a trainers group. We are concernedat the delay experienced by doctors who are called before the General Medical Council's disciplinary hearing system. We have particular concern for doctors who at the time of suspension are employed on short term contracts, particularly general practice registrars.

    We understand that at the moment the system takes about 18 months from the time of complaint or suspension. Whereas career grade medical practitioners are suspended on full pay, doctors on short term contracts receive no income after the end of their contract. As they are unable to practise they suffer severe financial losses pending the result of the inquiry.

    A delay of 18 …

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