Reacting to the publication today (27 Nov) of the GMC’s report on the state of medical education and practice in the UK, Dr John Holden, head of MDDUS’ medical division, said:
“This report from the GMC shines a light on doctors’ lived experiences during the pandemic and underlines the upheaval and challenges they have faced. This is concerning, as is in particular the evidence which unveils the disproportionate impact of Covid-19 on BAME healthcare workers.
“We can be very proud of the extraordinary effort the medical profession has made in response to Covid-19 and the positive changes that have emerged in response to the urgent need to provide high-care quality to patients.
“But there are causes for concern, which reflect the contacts we have had from our members throughout the pandemic. Close attention needs to be paid in particular to the proportion of doctors who reported they experience situations where doctor (43%) or patient safety (26%) was compromised.
“The GMC report also found high levels of concern from doctors that they were unable to provide a patient with sufficient levels of care; in particular this was a concern for GPs.
“MDDUS has called on the government, regulators and the UK’s law officers to ensure the processes by which claims, complaints and regulatory issues raised by Covid-19 are tackled fairly, reflecting the unique and challenging circumstances clinicians are working in.
“We are encouraged by recent statements by the GMC which will go a long way to recognising the need to create a “collective memory” of Covid-19 to inform how any future complaint or regulatory process is handled. We believe it is imperative the justice system now follows suit.”
MDDUS are medical defence experts. A not-for-profit organisation, we represent 50,000 doctors, dentists and healthcare professionals across the United Kingdom.