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Hospital doctors face unfair disciplinary procedures, says defence organisation

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k1571 (Published 06 April 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k1571
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

Unfair and inconsistent disciplinary procedures against NHS hospital doctors are reinforcing a culture of fear in healthcare, one of the UK’s largest medical defence organisations has claimed.

The Medical Protection Society (MPS), which advises and helps doctors, acknowledges that some NHS trusts have effective disciplinary processes. But in a new paper, Getting it Right,1 it accuses others of using legally flawed procedures, prolonging cases unnecessarily, and failing to inform doctors early enough of the allegations they face.

Some trusts exclude doctors from work as a default mechanism regardless of the …

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