Commenting on the independent learning review into the GMC’s handling of the Dr Arora case, Dr Rob Hendry, Medical Director at Medical Protection, said:
“We welcome this much needed review and the focus on proportionality of sanctions, fairness and equality, and local resolution. These issues have placed trust in the GMC on a knife edge, and unfortunately, they all came to the fore in Dr Arora’s case.
“The recommendations for better training and collaboration to enable a ‘local resolution first’ culture are vital – many including Medical Protection questioned how Dr Arora’s case got as far as the GMC, let alone to a hearing resulting in suspension. The government also needs to take action; changes to the Medical Act to give the GMC greater discretion to not take forward investigations where allegations clearly do not require action, are long overdue and we hope this review serves as a catalyst for swifter legislative reform.
“The review is also right to highlight the need for a more compassionate and less adversarial environment for doctors under investigation. We support doctors day in day out with GMC investigations and we know the process and communication - often more akin to the criminal courts – can make things more stressful.
“We offer members 24/7 confidential independent counselling, during and beyond their investigation, and are always looking at ways to improve the support we provide. We will continue to work with the GMC on this, and in ensuring all doctors understand the importance of membership with a Medical Defence Organisation.”
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