The GMC has issued additional guidance to support case handlers in considering the specific Covid-19 circumstances when assessing a complaint against a doctor.
Commenting, Dr Rob Hendry, Medical Director at Medical Protection said:
“As this pandemic evolves, so do the challenges around resources and resilience. Doctors remain under severe pressure and continue to face difficult decisions on how limited resources are allocated, which may increase the prospect of a poor outcome for some patients and leave doctors vulnerable to medicolegal disputes relating to situations out of their control.
“Since the start of the pandemic we have called on the regulator to reassure doctors so they know that any complaints in relation to treatment provided during this time will be dealt with proportionately and fairly, with the extraordinary context taken into account. The additional GMC guidance, aimed to support case handlers in considering the specific Covid-19 related circumstances, is therefore a welcome step. We will continue to monitor this closely to see how the guidance is being implemented.”
GMC notice on the additional guidance: https://www.gmc-uk.org/news/news-archive/supporting-doctors-during-the-pandemic
The additional guidance (PDF): https://www.gmc-uk.org/-/media/documents/dc13028-guidance-for-decision-makers-on-covid-19--external-version-_pdf-83985701.pdf
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