An anonymous GMC psychiatrist seeks to suspend me.

Submissions presented to or heard in the tribunal (MPTS) hearing yesterday:

  1. I contacted the GMC five months ago.
  2. In early February the GMC assured me there was ‘no indication’ this matter would proceed to a tribunal.
  3. In early March I was informed of the tribunal and given six working days to provide submissions.
  4. 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.
  5. 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].
  6. 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’.
  7. 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.

About Dr Neil MacFarlane MRCPsych

Independent Psychiatrist providing culturally informed mental health opinion, advice, and a few new facts. Based near London, UK. Main qualifications: BA MBBS MA MRCPsych.

9 responses to “An anonymous GMC psychiatrist seeks to suspend me.”

  1. Rosie Ainsworth says :

    What did you say in your tweets that was offensive? As the old saying goes, no smoke without fire. What part of Good Medical Practice or other GMC code is being thrown at you?

    • Dr Neil MacFarlane MRCPsych says :

      Hi Rosie…See my updated homepage for details re psychiatrists. I have acknowledged one significant ‘mistake’ in a Tweet to a non-professional. Details will come on that in due course.

      The references to ‘Good Medical Practice’ by the GMC counsel were vague. Over the next week I will publish the 5-page tribunal ruling, with my notes.

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