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Dear General Medical Council,

I am requesting data with regard to GMC investigations.

1. Ethnicity and country of qualification for doctors under GMC investigations as far back as data exists and the rules of FOI permit.

2. Number of deaths of doctors under GMC investigations as far back as data exists and the rules of FOI permit.

3. Number of deaths by suicide of doctors under GMC investigations as far back as data exists and the rules of FOI permit.

4. Any data collected regarding the number of doctors attempting suicide or other deliberate self harm whilst under GMC investigations as far back as data exists and the rules of FOI permit.

Yours faithfully,

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Dear FOI,

By law, I should have received a response by 20 days. 30 days have now lapsed. Please send the requested information.

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Louise Gormley (0161 923 6311), General Medical Council

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Our reference: F18/9740/LG

 

Dear [Name Removed]

 

Thank you for your email dated 7 September 2018, in which you request
information about doctors under investigation and doctors who have died.
Please find below responses to each of your requests:

 

Ethnicity and country of qualification for doctors under GMC investigation

 

Please see our State of medical education and practice in the UK 2017
report which is available on our website, below is a link to the fitness
to practise reference tables which includes data on the number of doctors
and complaints at different stages of our fitness to practise processes,
by ethnicity and primary medical qualification:

 

[1]https://www.gmc-uk.org/-/media/about/gmc...

 

Doctors who have died whilst under investigation including the number of
doctors who have committed suicide

 

Please find attached a report we commissioned into those cases where
doctors have committed suicide whilst under our fitness to practise
procedures between 2005 and 2013, this report also includes the total
number of doctors under investigation who died during this time.

 

Below are the figures for 2014 to 2017 for the number of doctors who have
died whilst under investigation:

 

2014 – 11

 

2015 – 10

 

2016 – 4

 

2017 - 8

 

In addition to the above figures, in 2014 there were 3 doctors who died
whilst they had undertakings on their GMC registration, in 2015 there were
2 doctors who died and who had undertakings and 1 with conditions on their
registration, in 2016 there were 2 doctors who died and who had
undertakings on their registration and in 2017 there were 6 doctors who
died and who had undertakings on their registration. None of these doctors
were under active investigation at the time of their death.  

 

As to the number of doctors who took their own lives, in 2014 there was 1
doctor who was under GMC investigation and where an inquest has recorded a
verdict of suicide. This is the only record we have of a doctor in the
years 2014-2016 who took their own life whilst under active investigation,
though there were 2 doctors during this period who took their own lives
whilst they had undertakings on their registration. In 2017 there was one
doctor who took their own life.

 

N.B. The term ‘conditions’ on a doctor’s registration refers to
restrictions on the doctor’s practice.

‘Undertakings’ are an agreement between the GMC and the doctor about the
doctor’s future practice. Such undertakings might include

 

·         Restrictions on the doctor’s practice

·         Restrictions to the doctor’s behaviour

·         Commitments to practise under medical supervision

·         Commitments to undergo re-training

 

Any data collected regarding the number of doctors attempting suicide or
other deliberate self harm whilst under GMC investigations

 

We do not collect data on self harm or attempted suicide. Where an
investigation officer has been made aware that a doctor has made a suicide
attempt we will record this on the doctors case, but we don’t collect data
as above on self harm.

 

I hope the above information is useful. If I can be of any further help
please let me know.

 

Kind regards

 

Louise

 

Louise Gormley

Information Access Officer
Resources and Quality Assurance Directorate
 
Direct Line: 0161 923 6311
Email:        [2][email address]
Website:    [3]www.gmc-uk.org
Address:    Information Access Team
                 General Medical Council
                 3 Hardman Street

                 Manchester

                 M3 3AW

 

 

Working with doctors Working for patients

The General Medical Council helps to protect patients and improve medical
education and practice in the UK by setting standards for students and
doctors. We support them in achieving (and exceeding) those standards, and
take action when they are not met.

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