Doctors Who Make Mistakes Could Face Firmer Penalties

28th August 2014

The General Medical Council (GMC) hopes its plans will strengthen the trust between doctor and patient by ensuring that cases of malpractice are subject to strict sanctions.

Doctors could be forced to apologise if they have previously refused to do so, and those who fail to report concerns surrounding a colleague’s practice could also face tough action.

As the regulator of all doctors in the UK, the GMC investigates failures in medical care and has the power to suspend doctors or stop them from practising if they are found to have delivered poor standards of care.

At Fletchers we believe that patients who have not received the highest standards of care are entitled to an investigation to establish what went wrong. Those professionals who fail their patients should be held accountable for their actions.

The trust between doctor and patient is a vital relationship that the success of any health system is built on. People put their lives in the hands of medical professionals every day and mistakes will unfortunately happen. Fletchers Solicitors are here to help when these mistakes lead to serious consequences.

The general public is being asked for its thoughts on the GMC’s proposals from now until 14 November.

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