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Letters Suicide while under GMC investigation

Doctors’ suicides: economic considerations and beyond

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 18 March 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h1412
  1. Christopher L Manning, convenor, Action for NHS Wellbeing1,
  2. David Peters, clinical director2,
  3. George Lewith, professor3
  1. 1Teddington, UK
  2. 2University of Westminster, London, UK
  3. 3Primary Care, Faculty of Medicine, Southampton University, Southampton, UK
  1. chris.manning{at}

Hawton states that “doctors have long been known to be at risk of suicide.”1 Each such suicide, aside from all the human suffering and pain, costs about £2m (€2.8m; $1.5m).2 Against this, the General Medical Council’s recommendation …

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