An anonymous GMC psychiatrist seeks to suspend me.
Submissions presented to or heard in the tribunal (MPTS) hearing yesterday:
- I contacted the GMC five months ago.
- In early February the GMC assured me there was ‘no indication’ this matter would proceed to a tribunal.
- In early March I was informed of the tribunal and given six working days to provide submissions.
- I have repeatedly requested that the GMC make its anonymous psychiatrist available for scrutiny of his/her evidence in court. This has been repeatedly refused with no substantial reason other than ‘usual practice’ being given. He/she was not made available, nor was anyone else.
- I asked for the hearing to be made public primarily because the matters concerned in it were/are overwhelmingly in the public domain. I stated that even if I had wished it to be private, I would not be able to trust the GMC to keep it so, given my recent experience of it, and as it is ‘seen as a deeply dysfunctional organisation by many doctors, and as a racist one by many, perhaps most, BAME doctors’ [my recollection of my words].
- The GMC did not submit any written outline of its case to the tribunal, despite its investigation into two complaints concerning my Tweets and website having started four months ago. I told the tribunal I found this ‘disturbing’ but two (I recall) of the tribunal panel’s three members stated it was ‘usual practice’.
- The GMC asked for a fifteen month suspension.
Evidence from the GMC was heard and my evidence will be heard tomorrow.
As I have ensured it is a public hearing a transcript will be made available to me in due course.