The General Medical Council is funded by subscriptions from doctors. The organization is also regulator of medical profession. It is the safest place to be working for in case of the medical practitioner who is expecting disciplinary action against him/her. The key to getting in is not to disclose relevant interests on appointment. The General Medical Council has the policy which clearly states that interests must be declared on appointment to Fitness to Practice Panels and that interests must be updated but there is no willpower whatsoever to enforce this policy which had fatal results for some patients.
Here is a bit of law when there is legal requirement to disclose information:
Fraud by failing to disclose information (Section 3)The defendant:
- failed to disclose information to another person
- when he was under a legal duty to disclose that information
- dishonestly intending, by that failure, to make a gain or cause a loss.
When GMC Head of Panel Formation was informed of failures by Fitness to Practice Panellists to declare very relevant interests no disciplinary action was taken in at least two cases.
In one recent case there were other instances of fraud by the same panelist such as using NHS facilities for private practice without permission (illegal, but who cares). The same panelists persistently engaged in making false allegations against various professional:
a) against a Consultant Psychiatrist making false allegations he had concerns about her work when in fact doctor was a prize winner in her field (after she complained of harassment by him)
b) false allegations against a solicitor (after she complained to GMC about his lack of integrity)
c) false allegations against a professor of mathematics that he was a potential rapist and violent after he complained his partner was negligently prescribed a drug she could not tolerate
The loyalty of GMC to those doctors who essentially are frauds is just amazing.