In the past we have seen criticism of medical professional to acknowledge the suicide risks of patients in their care. It would seem there is also a failure of the GMC to observe the risks to their own members.
The GMC should have ’immediately ceased’ their fitness-to-practise cases and ’urgently reformed’ processes after concerns were first raised about the high numbers of doctors taking their own life while under investigation, a new review has concluded. The review, Suicide whilst under the GMC’s fitness-to-practise investigation: Were they preventable?, published in the Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine, suggests that there were 13 deaths by suicide while the GMC was conducting a review of its fitness-to-practise procedures. As such, GMC review last year of 28 doctors who died by suicide while under fitness-to-practise (FTP) investigation between 2005 and 2013 was ‘reactive’, when it could have been proactive.