Casey, David and Choong, Kartina Aisha (2016) Suicide whilst under GMC's fitness to practise investigation: Were those deaths preventable? Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine, 37 . pp. 22-27. ISSN 1752928X
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jflm.2015.10.002
The suicide of doctors under regulatory investigation in the United Kingdom has recently been under scrutiny. Despite a commissioned report into the issues surrounding these deaths, we discuss a variety of procedural and legal lacunae not yet openly considered for reform. We identified that the UK coronial system has in place several legal instruments requiring coroners to report the physician suicides as preventable to the regulatory body, the General Medical Council (GMC). We were unable to identify that these suicides were reported in line with established legislation. We also explored the relationship between the GMC and its registered doctors, concluding that the GMC does indeed have a duty of care towards its members on this important matter and that there should be procedural reform to tackle the inherent risk of suicide whilst under investigation.
|Uncontrolled Keywords (separate with ;):||General Medical Council; Fitness to practise; Coroner; Duty of care; Suicide|
|Schools:||Faculty of Business, Law & Applied Social Studies > Lancashire Law School|
|Deposited By:||Helen Cooper|
|Deposited On:||05 Feb 2016 17:35|
|Last Modified:||22 Aug 2016 13:35|
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