Doctors’ suspensions and exclusions rise but are processed faster

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 25 October 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d6913
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

The number of doctors and dentists either suspended or excluded from work in the NHS has risen steadily in the past five years, but cases are being dealt with faster, says the National Patient Safety Agency.

A report by the agency’s national clinical assessment service (NCAS) on suspensions (which apply to GPs and dentists in primary care) and exclusions (the term used for hospital and community doctors and dentists) found that collectively 1134 cases were opened and 1131 closed between 2005-6 and 2010-11 in England.

The NCAS said that doctors were being suspended or excluded for shorter periods, which was helping to save the NHS millions of pounds …

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