Our research with the General Medical Council has been published online

4th December 2015 17:02

Following a recent healthcare market research project, conducted by our team on behalf of the General Medical Council, a report of the Our research with the General Medical Council has been published onlinefindings has been published online.

The analysis aimed to explore the types of cases which resulted in doctors being suspended or erased from the medical register in 2014. The General Medical Council also desired short vignettes to identify the key themes extracted from the research.

The analysis revealed many interesting insights; however, the key findings are outlined below:

  • In 103 cases, doctors faced erasure or suspension following an incident in the individual’s professional life. On the other hand, in 16 cases, the issue was in relation to the doctors’ personal lives.
  • The most frequently encountered cases were those relating to dishonesty, either to secure or keep a job or whilst in the role of a doctor. Closely following this as the most common type of case was inappropriate relations with colleagues and patients and clinical problems.
  • When the case related to the doctors’ personal lives, the most common type of case related to sexual issues, drink driving, dishonesty and violence.
  • When exploring the sources of complaints resulting in erasure or suspension, it was found that employers were the most common source of complaint. In these kinds of cases, it was rare that the doctor identified that the cause of the complaint had been resolved. However, when this did happen, the outcome of the complaint was more likely to be suspension, rather than being struck off the register.
  • When looking at the demographic of those who were most likely to face a complaint, it was found that male doctors, of a BME background, who were over 49, were the group most likely to be complained about. As well as this, those who were qualified overseas were more likely to face a complaint, as opposed to those who qualified in the UK.

To read the full report, please click here and you will be redirected to the report in a PDF format.

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