The General Medical Council (GMC) is considering new plans that may lead to much tougher sanctions for doctors. The proposed plans could lead to bigger consequences when doctors are found to make mistakes when caring for their patients.
Among the proposed changes are ones that give the GMC the power to force doctors to apologise to patients in situations where they have provided sub-standard care or there has been evidence of neglect in their care and duties. Furthermore the new measures could mean the General Medical Council can use doctor sanctions to restrict the future duties of any doctor who has been found to have made mistakes in the past. At present the GMC may suspend doctors or remove them from the register they must be listed on if they are to find work. The new doctor sanctions could lead to restrictions that would be in place even if an individual had retrained to ensure their work was of a better standard in the future.
Currently the GMC is looking for opinions from the general public on this matter, before they make any firm decisions on what might happen.
Is it common for mistakes to happen in GP care?
Thankfully most people will go through their lives without experiencing any problems with their GP. However there is the potential for mistakes to occur. If they do they can be challenging for patients to come to terms with. This is particularly true if the patient experiences a mistake that harms them or delays treatment, and yet the GP suffers no real consequence as a result. Appropriate sanctions are therefore a very good idea in this situation and no doubt plans by the General Medical Council for doctor sanctions will be welcomed by many.
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