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Letters Suicide while under GMC investigation

Preventing, rather than treating, stress in doctors under investigation

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 18 March 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h1439
  1. Maria C Jalmbrant, clinical psychologist1
  1. 1Lewisham Adult ASD and ADHD Service, Ladywell Unit, Lewisham University Hospital, London SE13 6LH, UK
  1. maria.jalmbrant{at}

Hawton comprehensively summarises Sarndrah Horsfall’s internal report for the General Medical Council and expresses confidence that a separate health system will support doctors under investigation who have mental health problems, thereby preventing suicides.1 2 However, this initiative is unlikely to ameliorate the immense stress some doctors experience when subjected to complaint investigations and GMC procedures in particular.

Professor Terence Stephenson …

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