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). 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.
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