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Responding to today’s GMC report Fair to Refer?, commissioned by the regulator to investigate the disproportionate number of referrals of BAME doctors to the GMC, MDDUS medical adviser Dr Susan Gibson-Smith said:
“BAME doctors are entitled to the same levels of support in their medical roles as other groups of doctors. All doctors should be treated fairly and consistently regardless of their background or characteristics.
“Facing a fitness to practise hearing is extremely stressful for doctors. We welcome the measures contained within this report and fully support the research recommendations that focus on the four key areas of support, working environments, inclusive leadership and delivery of these recommendations.
“MDDUS continues to support our members through the fitness to practise process, providing advice and representation and peace of mind from our team of expert medical advisers and lawyers.
“Assistance with GMC investigations is just one of the many things not included as part of the new government state-backed schemes. MDDUS provides GP members in England and Wales with a new membership product that maintains their comprehensive protection and provides a range of essential benefits including assistance with GMC investigations.”
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Note to editors
MDDUS is the leading provider of GP indemnity in the UK with over 19,000 GP members. Founded in 1902, MDDUS is a mutual defence organisation offering expert medico-legal advice and professional indemnity for doctors and other healthcare professionals across the UK. After the introduction of the Clinical Negligence Scheme for General Practice, GPs still need comprehensive protection that CNSGP alone won’t provide. The scheme will not cover GPs for non-NHS work, representation at inquests, GMC hearings and disciplinary investigations. Such situations can seriously impact upon a GP’s career and could ultimately result in them being struck off. The scheme will also not include advice and support – something highly prized by MDDUS members. It is therefore crucial that GPs have access to support and guidance from experienced medico-legal advisers. You can access our CNSGP information hub here.