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Doctors’ use of Facebook, Twitter, and WhatsApp is the focus of 28 GMC investigations

BMJ 2017; 358 doi: (Published 01 September 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j4099
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. The BMJ

The General Medical Council closed 28 investigations related to doctors’ use of Facebook, Twitter, or WhatsApp between 1 January 2015 and 30 June 2017, figures obtained by The BMJ have shown.

The GMC provided the data in response to a freedom of information request from The BMJ.

In three cases, doctors received a warning from the GMC. A warning indicates to the doctor that a certain conduct, practice, or behaviour is a departure from the standards expected of the medical profession and should not be repeated.

A further three cases were referred to the …

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