Dear General Medical Council,

Is the GMC a statutory body?

What is the status of the GMC, is it a government department?

Who regulates the GMC?

Following the recent delayed revelation regarding the large number of doctor suicides amongst doctors subject to live gmc investigation, what changes is the gmc making to its processes?

Has the report into suicides amongst this group of doctors , been discussed at any GMC internal meetings?
Can you publish the minutes of those meetings?
If there have been no such meetings, can the executive explain why not?

Will the GMC be referring itself to the Health and Safety Executive to maintain transparency and hold an independent review of the nature of its processes and to ascertain whether the GMC is culpable for any of these deaths?

How many doctors , currently subject to gmc investigation have been under investigation for more than:
five years
three years
one year

for all investigations ongoing for more than three years, what is the nature of the alleged breach/investigation?
what is the age , ethnicity and gender of the doctor concerned?
what support , if any, has the gmc offered or provided to each of these doctors who are subject to ongoing investigation?

how many investigations over three years involve hospital doctors and how many involve general practitioners?

Yours faithfully,

Stewart Parker

FOI, General Medical Council

Dear Mr Parker

Your information request F15/6877/ME.

Thank you for your email of 7 February 2015.

We will look at your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA). We will provide you with a response as soon as possible, normally within the 20 working-day limit set by the FOIA.

Please note that there may be some information which we cannot release to you under the FOIA. If this is the case, we will let you know why and state the relevant exemptions given in the FOIA. We will also give you information about how to appeal our decision.

I have allocated your request to Mark Ellen. If you have any questions, please contact him on 0161 923 6347 or email [email address].

Yours sincerely


Mrs Mariam Ifzal
Information Assistant
[email address]
0161 923 6420

General Medical Council
3 Hardman Street
Manchester
M3 3AW

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Mark Ellen (0161 923 6347), General Medical Council

Dear Mr Parker

 

Reference: IAT/ME/F15/6877

 

I am sorry for the delay in responding to your e-mail of 7 February 2015.

 

I can confirm that the GMC is independent of government and the medical
profession and accountable to Parliament. Our powers are given to us by
Parliament through the Medical Act 1983.

 

As regards your queries about the changes the GMC is making to its
processes and referral to the Health and Safety Executive: We have
recently published an action plan which sets out how we are responding to
the internal review of doctors who commit suicide while under GMC fitness
to practise investigation. A link to the action plan can be found here:
[1]http://www.gmc-uk.org/Suicide_Report_Act...

 

There is mention of the review within the papers for the Performance and
Resources Board meeting on 20 January 2015. You can view the papers on our
website, at this link: [2]http://www.gmc-uk.org/about/council/2611...

 

A breakdown of the figures you have asked for is as follows:

 

How many doctors, currently subject to GMC investigation, have been under
investigation for more than five years?

 

There are 10 doctors with open cases.

GP (Y/N) # Doctors (With # Cases
Cases)
N 4 5
Y 6 6
Grand Total 10 11

 

 

 

 

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6 of these investigations involve general practitioners and 4 include
other doctors

 

 

How many doctors, currently subject to GMC investigation have been under
investigation for more than three years?

 

There are 99 doctors with open cases.

 

GP (Y/N) # Doctors (With # Cases
Cases)
N 67 93
Y 32 37
Grand Total 99 130

 

32 of these investigations involve general practitioners and 67 involve
other doctors.

 

How many doctors, currently subject to GMC investigation have been under
investigation for more than one year?

 

There are 833 doctors with open cases.

 

# Doctors (With # Cases
Cases)
833 1010

 

 

For all investigations ongoing for more than three years, what is the
nature of the alleged breach/investigation?

What is the age, ethnicity and gender of the doctor concerned?

 

 

Ethnicity numbers for doctors with all cases greater than 3 years:

Ethnicity No. of Doctors
Asian or Asian British 21
Black or Black British 10
Mixed 2
Unspecified 29
White 37
Grand Total 99

 

Gender numbers for doctors with all cases greater than 3 years:

Gender No. of Doctors
Male 83
Female 16
Grand Total 99

 

Age Grouping Numbers for Doctors with all Cases greater than 3  years:

 

Age Groups No. of Doctors
31-40 10
41-50 32
51-60 30
>60 25
Unspecified 2
Grand Total 99

 

Allegation types for doctors with all cases greater than 3 years:

 

 

Allegation Type No. of Allegations
Accessibility 1
Acting w. honesty/ integrity 103
Assessment / appraisal 1
Communicating effectively 4
Conduct 10
Confidentiality 2
Conflict of interest 1
Consulting colleagues 3
Continuity,coordinat-n of care 7
Criminality Caution 2
Criminality Conviction 9
Enabling reporting of risk 1
Failure to comply - Assessment 3
Financial/commercial dealings 4
Giving evidence 1
Investigations or treatment 18
Keeping up-to-date 2
Knowledge & experience 116
Maintaining / improving 3
Maintaining trust in prof 2
Mental and Behavioural Illness 3
Open re: suspens'n/restrict'n 3
Partnerships with patients 19
Patient assessment 3
Patient examination 12
Probity - criminality 15
Probity - criminality (NFA) 8
Professional performance 6
Recognising limits 3
Recording work 24
Record-keeping 2
Research 10
Respect for colleagues 4
Respect for patients 9
Responding to risks to safety 1
Risks imposed by health 12
Seeking indep medical care 1
Tell GMC of charge / offence 1
Unspecified 52
Working in teams 7
Working with colleagues 14
Writing / signing reports/docs 14
Writing CVs / applications 1
Grand Total 517

 

Doctors who are being investigated by the GMC are advised about an
emotional support and advice service that they can contact, in confidence,
during our investigation. The service is run by the Doctor Support Service
which is an independent service run by the BMA, on behalf of the GMC.
Doctors do not have to be a member of the BMA to use it. The service is
free of charge and offers emotional support to doctors involved in a
fitness to practise case.

 

I should add that we aim to conclude 90% of our fitness to practise cases
within 12 months. We do consistently achieve this target although in
certain circumstances,  cases can take longer. A large number of the cases
that that have taken over a year to conclude have been, or continue to be,
subject to a process by another body; for example the Police or the
Coroner. It is often not possible for us to conclude our investigations
until the work of the other body has been completed. You should also note
that a fitness to practise case can include multiple allegations and in
such cases it is not possible to determine which allegation(s) has led to
the investigation taking longer than a year to complete.

 

I hope that the information I have provided is of some help to you. 

 

 

Mark Ellen

Information Access Team

General Medical Council

3 Hardman Street

Manchester  M3 3AW

Direct Line: 0161 923 6347

 

 

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