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Junior doctor who accessed patient records improperly and failed to engage with regulator is struck off

BMJ 2020; 371 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.m4132 (Published 26 October 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;371:m4132

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Re: Junior doctor who accessed patient records improperly and failed to engage with regulator is struck off

Dear Editor,

I'm often concerned at the hefty sanctions the GMC has historically meted out on junior doctors. I'm sure we are not getting the entire story here. The GMC is hardly the beacon of truth. It would be interesting to see what the doctor had to say.

This looks to me as a case where the junior doctor has been hung out to dry. There was no engagement probably due to the conceited manner the GMC often handles these cases.

In an era of Covid when there is a shortage of manpower, the GMC should have taken a more understanding approach. Her sanction should have been considerably less. Doctors who end patients lives aren't given this draconian sanction. It is notable that this doctor is from the ethnic minority and as we know the GMC seeks to sanction them more severely than Caucasian doctors.

It's probably time the GMC set up a better system of support for junior doctors. We saw them as the dementors and they can probably be worse having driven many a good doctor to the edge of suicide. Then I suspect the GMC and it's machinery doesn't have the maturity or the insight to correct their flaws in managing junior doctors property.

Regards

Dr Rita Pal

Competing interests: Past successful litigation against the GMC notably Pal v GMC. Done as a junior doctor.

28 October 2020
Rita Pal
NHS Whistleblower. UN report contributor
Past litigation against the GMC
United Kingdom