Donations to GMC from private companies and individuals

James made this Freedom of Information request to General Medical Council

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Dear General Medical Council,

1. I understand that you are a registered charity and I would like you to confirm whether you accept donations and if so confirm how much was received between March 2015-2016 and from whom.

2. The chief responsibility of GMC is ‘to protect, promote and maintain the health and safety of the public’but many would agree this is a falsehood and victims of criminal doctors and healthcare providers are actually neglected and criminals get protected. I was misdiagnosed, coerced into medication causing irreversible brain damage and the doctor falsely reported the medical records. Given that I had evidence to prove it, GMC decided not to investigate further. I don't know how this protecting the public and I would have thought the doctor should be prevented from doing this again. Can you confirm what you define as dishonesty and what your policy is for not investigating doctors that have evidently falsely reported medical records?

Yours faithfully,

James

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Dear James

 

Your information request – F16/8519/CA

 

Thank you for your email dated 28 October.

How we will consider your request

 

We’re going to look at your request under the Freedom of Information Act
2000 (FOIA). The FOIA gives us 20 working days to respond but we’ll come
back to you as soon as we can. 

 

Who to contact

 

Christine Abdy will be handling your request. If you have any questions
you can call her on 0161 923 6421 or her at email
[1][email address].

 

Yours sincerely

Miss Sadie Jones

Information Assistant

[2][email address]

0161 250 6889

 

General Medical Council

3 Hardman Street

Manchester

M3 3AW

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Christine Abdy (0161 923 6421), General Medical Council

Dear James

 

Your information request – F16/8519/CA

 

Thank you for your email dated 28 October 2016, asking about charitable
donations, and the investigation of dishonesty.   I’ve looked at your
request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA).

 

1.  Whilst the General Medical Council is not prohibited from accepting
donations, it has not received or accepted any donations within the time
period March 2015 to October 2016.

 

2.  Under the FOIA, responses are to be regarded as going into the public
domain and therefore we cannot refer to individual complaints, because
this would be likely to breach the privacy rights of complainants and
doctors.  However I can provide you with some general information about
the way we look at complaints.  Our investigation process is based on a
document called [1]Good Medical Practice.  This contains the principles
and standards that registered doctors must comply with, and is in turn
drawn from the Medical Act 1983.   On our website you can read the
relevant section about acting with honesty and integrity [2]here. The
points under ‘Honesty’ and ‘Communicating information’ describe our
expectations of doctors.

 

When we receive an enquiry raising concerns about a doctor, we will
initially triage it to determine whether it falls within the remit of the
GMC, and if so whether it meets the threshold for investigation.  Every
enquiry receives consideration on its own merits, whatever the nature of
the allegation. 

 

I hope this information is helpful.  If you have any queries about the way
I’ve handled your request, please contact Julian Graves, Information
Access Manager, at the address below or at [3][GMC request email].

 

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

 

Christine Abdy

Information Access Officer

General Medical Council

3 Hardman Street

Manchester   M3 3AW

 

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Dear Christine,

Thank you for the swift reply. The information provided requires some clarity.

1. I have read GMC good medical practice and principles. This is meaningless because, there is nothing within the Medical Act 1983 that relates to dishonesty. This means dishonest doctors are not bound by law under Medical Act 1983 and therefore GMC can neglect concerns for dishonest doctors on the grounds of not falling into the Medical Act 1983 even if doctors fail to meet GMC good practice practices and principles. This appears to automatically discriminate against victims and persons who report concerns.

I'd like to rephrase the question:

When a doctor does not comply with GMC good medical practice and principles but does not breach the Medical Act 1983 - what is the decision making process to investigate concerns and the likely outcome if a doctor is found not to comply GMC good practice?

2. For a public charity that does not recieve donations, I'm amazed by the profit of the GMC that exceeds many corporations. I'd like to rephrase the question:

Does the GMC recieve money from companies and individuals in any format, ie, commercial contracts, consulting, individual memberships. Can you also clarify the details of how the GMC is funded and if money is recieved from third-party companies and individualsthen can you confirm how much profit is generated from companies and individuals.

Yours sincerely,

James

FOI, General Medical Council

Dear James

 

Your information request – F16/8551/LG

 

Thank you for your email dated 15 November.

 

How we will consider your request

 

We’re going to look at your email as a new request under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 (FOIA). The FOIA gives us 20 working days to respond
but we’ll come back to you as soon as we can. 

 

Who to contact

 

Louise Gormley will be handling your request. If you have any questions
you can call her on 0161 923 6311 or email her at
[1][email address].

 

Yours sincerely

Miss Sadie Jones

Information Assistant

[2][email address]

0161 250 6889

 

General Medical Council

3 Hardman Street

Manchester

M3 3AW

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Louise Gormley (0161 923 6311), General Medical Council

Our reference: F16/8551/LG

 

Dear James

 

Thank you for your email dated 15 November 2016, in which you request
information about our investigation process and information about how we
are funded.

 

In respond to your request I refer you to our Annual reports, which
include full financial statements:

[1]http://www.gmc-uk.org/publications/corpo...

 

Information about our investigation process can also be found on our
website:

[2]http://www.gmc-uk.org/concerns/the_inves...

 

I hope this helps.

 

If you have any queries or concerns about the processing of this request
please contact Julian Graves, Information Access Manager at
[3][email address]

 

Kind regards

 

Louise

 

Louise Gormley

Information Access Officer
Resources and Quality Assurance Directorate
 
Direct Line: 0161 923 6311
Email:        [4][email address]
Website:    [5]www.gmc-uk.org
Address:    Information Access Team
                 General Medical Council
                 3 Hardman Street

                 Manchester

                 M3 3AW

 

 

 

 

 

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The General Medical Council helps to protect patients and improve medical
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doctors. We support them in achieving (and exceeding) those standards, and
take action when they are not met.

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Dear General Medical Council,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

The GMC and Information Officer are persistently evading answering the questions and the information provided is evasive.

I repeat my question:

1. When a doctor does not comply with GMC good medical practice and principles but does not breach the Medical Act 1983 - what is the decision making process to investigate concerns and the likely outcome if a doctor is found not to comply GMC good practice?

Note: I have been provided a link to GMC policy in regards to fitness to practice but, this does not answer my question.

I repeat my question again because evidently GMC and employees have some difficulties in understanding the question:

1. When a doctor does not comply with GMC good medical practice and principles but does not breach the Medical Act 1983 - what is the decision making process to investigate concerns and the likely outcome if a doctor is found not to comply GMC good practice?

Kind Regards,

James Woodley

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/d...

Yours faithfully,

James

FOI, General Medical Council

Thank you for getting in touch. Please note this is an automated email.

 

We’ll get back to you as soon as we can with a further acknowledgement.
You’ll usually hear from us on the next working day, but it might take a
little longer during busy periods.

 

In the meantime, if you want any further information about the GMC, please
visit our website.

 

 

Thank you

 

Information access team

General Medical Council

Email: [GMC request email]

Telephone: 0161 923 6365

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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FOI, General Medical Council

Dear James

 

Thank you for your email dated 23 November asking for an internal review
of your request.

 

We will be considering your email under our comments and complaints
procedure. This sets a target response time of 20 working days. We will
endeavour to respond to you within this timeframe.  

 

Julian Graves will be responding to your email, if you have any queries
you can contact him on 0161 923 6351, or email [1][email address].

 

Yours sincerely

Miss Sadie Jones

Information Assistant

[2][email address]

0161 250 6889

 

General Medical Council

3 Hardman Street

Manchester

M3 3AW

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Julian Graves (0161 923 6351), General Medical Council

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Dear James

 

Please find attached my response to your email below.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Julian Graves

 

 

Julian Graves

Information Access Manager

General Medical Council

3 Hardman Street

Manchester M3 3AW

 

Tel. no: 0161 923 6351

Email: [1][email address]

 

 

 

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