Number of complaints made and investigations carried out

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Dear General Medical Council,

Please can you provide the following information for the last 5 years if possible

1. The number of complaints made against Doctors

2. The number of complaints that were initially reviewed and were not thought to need to be investigated further.

3. The number of complaints where an expert's opinion was sought and gained by the GMC

4. The number of complaints that were closed by case handlers following an expert opinion.

5. The number of complaints that resulted in the complaints being dealt with under the Medical Tribunal Fitness to Practice procedures.

6. The number of Tribunals where witnesses were called to give evidence.

7. The number of Fitness to practice tribunal hearings that ending where the complaints were not upheld.

8. The number of Fitness to practice tribunal hearings that ended in the complaints being upheld.

9. The number of Doctors erased from the Medical Register as a result of a Tribunal hearing.

Yours faithfully,

R West

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Dear R West,

 

Your information request – IR1-2731914240

Thank you for your emails dated 1 July, in which you ask for information
in relation to complaints and tribunal hearings against doctors in the
last 5 years.

 

How we will consider your request

We’re going to consider 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 contact her via email at [1][email address].

 

Unfortunately, due to the pandemic outbreak we are currently operating at
reduced capacity. It may therefore take us longer to respond to your
request. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Lauren Barrowcliffe

Information Access Team Assistant

 

[email address]

General Medical Council

3 Hardman Street

Manchester

M3 3AW

 

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Christine Abdy (0161 923 6421), General Medical Council

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Dear R West

Your information request – IR1-2731914240

Please find attached our response to your FOI request.

Regards

Christine Abdy
Information Access Officer
General Medical Council

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Dear Christine Abdy (0161 923 6421),

Thank you for the information.

Are you able to provide the following please:

1. The number of complaints that were initially reviewed and were not thought to need to be investigated further.

2. The number of complaints where an expert's opinion was sought and gained by the GMC

3. The number of complaints that were closed by case handlers following an expert opinion.

Yours sincerely,

R West

J Roberts left an annotation ()

An informative table.

I note that the percentage of doctors erased from the medical registar has steadily fallen – 2017 (31%), 2018 (26%) and 2019 (21%).

Do these figures represent increasing leniency on the part of tribunals or decreasing deliquency on the part of doctors?

The case of Dr Hafeez-Ur Rehman AWAN (GMC ref. 6032816) would suggest the former:

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/d...

The police notified the GMC of Dr Awan's online activity. He was grooming what he believed to be a 13-year-old girl (in reality a police officer). The MPT did not strike him off. The GMC appealed and lost. Judge Mostyn concluded:

'46. Standing back I ask myself whether the disposal can be characterised as wrong. The conduct of the respondent was serious and deplorable. However, the sanction imposed by this specialist Tribunal was very carefully considered and was judged to be sufficient to meet the objective of protecting the public and promoting and preserving the reputation of the medical profession. I cannot say that it was wrong.'

http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/Admi...

FOI, General Medical Council

Dear R West,

Your information request – IR1-2745361701

Thank you for your email dated 15 July, in which you ask for the below:

 

1. The number of complaints that were initially reviewed and were not
thought to need to be investigated further.

 

2. The number of complaints where an expert's opinion was sought and
gained by the GMC

 

3. The number of complaints that were closed by case handlers following an
expert opinion.

 

How we will consider your request

We’re going to consider 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 contact her via email at [1][email address].

 

Unfortunately, due to the pandemic outbreak we are currently operating at
reduced capacity. It may therefore take us longer to respond to your
request. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Lauren Barrowcliffe

Information Access Team Assistant

 

[email address]

General Medical Council

3 Hardman Street

Manchester

M3 3AW

 

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