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Doctors are less likely to be struck off for dishonesty than other health workers

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: (Published 08 November 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j5184
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

The stresses of work and the influence of a malfunctioning workplace are important factors when doctors and other healthcare professionals are charged with professional misconduct, research has concluded.1

An analysis of 6714 cases of professional misconduct brought by three healthcare regulators, including the General Medical Council (GMC), identified three types of perpetrators. These are described as: the self serving “bad apple”; the individual who is corrupted by falling standards in the workplace; and the depleted perpetrator struggling to cope with the pressures of life.

The study, led by Rosalind Searle, professor of organisational behaviour and psychology at the University of Coventry, looked at professional misconduct cases from 2014 to 2016 seen …

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