MDDUS comments on GMC report into deaths during investigations

Commenting on the publication of the General Medical Council’s report on the number of doctors who have died during investigations, MDDUS Chief Medical Officer Dr John Holden said: “MDDUS is saddened to hear of the 29 doctors who died between 2018 and 2020 while under investigation or during a period of monitoring by the GMC.

“The GMC’s decision to publish these figures on an annual basis is a welcome one. It reflects the seriousness the regulator accords to the impact and stress that their investigations can have upon doctors.

“MDDUS has been working closely with the GMC since 2014 when the regulator commissioned Professor Louis Appleby to advise on introducing greater sensitivity, support and compassion into its processes.

“MDDUS is keenly aware from our own advice and support services how overwhelming an experience investigations can be for doctors. We welcome the GMC’s commitment to make further improvements to their processes and to learn lessons from these tragic deaths. We stand ready to work with the regulator further on this vitally important area.

“Members’ wellbeing is a priority for MDDUS, which is why we recently launched a free, confidential support service, ‘YourHalo: Emotional Wellbeing’, which can be accessed 24/7.”

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“YourHalo: Emotional Wellbeing” is a free, confidential support service provided to MDDUS members by our independent partner, healthcare rm. Find out more on our website.

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