Intended for healthcare professionals


Doctors’ suspensions and exclusions rise but are processed faster

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 25 October 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d6913

Complacency about medical suspensions

I hope the comment from Claire McLaughlin at NCAS does not mean that NCAS is happy with the current situation about medical exclusions/suspensions (see my personal blog entry[1]). There still seem to be too many of these cases and they take too long to resolve.

There are also issues about how many were unnecessary, unfair and/or could have been dealt with informally. Although all exclusions/suspensions need to be sanctioned by NCAS, this seems to be a perfunctory matter. NCAS seem to rarely intervene more actively to prevent such action.

I think NCAS could also have more of a role in mediating situations in which issues such as personal malice or professional jealousy play a role. There is evidence that Trusts are still over-reacting and need to be more sensible about medical regulation and discipline.


Competing interests: No competing interests

02 November 2011
D B Double
Consultant Psychiatrist
Norfolk & Waveney Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust