I was sent this letter by a doctor (as you will see when you read it).
may give you
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Director/ Person in charge
(Insert your name and address and GMC registration number)
wish to inform you that my representative is/are:
ensure that a copy of all future correspondence, including your response to this
letter is sent directly to this person at the same time it is written
quoting the appropriate reference number in all correspondence.
confirm that you will do this and that copies of correspondence with
will donate the cost of postage and £0.05 for each sheet of copying you
would like a fully comprehensive list of charges against me together with
GMC website says: ”We do not act on trivial or anonymous complaints”. (http://www.gmc-uk.org/probdocs/default.htm
I would also like written documentation to show that patients are concerned
about these matters and all written patient complaints.
also want a comprehensive list of what areas of concern you have. I am
you send me this list please confirm that this list is fully
would like to know what restrictions there are on my clinical practice at this
moment in time and if you plan to make any restrictions on my private practice
or have done.
to be followed
would like to have a copy of the procedure(s) that will be followed together
with written confirmation that this procedure will be strictly adhered to and
the timescale in which you expect this matter to be competed. Please note that
John Denham former Minister of Health said on Friday, 30 March, 2001, 11:03 GMT
12:03 UK that no innocent doctor should be kept from working for more than six
months by investigations (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/low/health/1251196.stm)
would like to point out that Good Medical Practice states that in the
case of a health care professional that is causing concern the employer’s
procedures must be followed. Please confirm that all proceedings will be
undertaken in accordance with current legislation including the Human Rights Act
and that my Human Rights will not be violated in any way. You may
want to know that the Human Rights act is based on the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights I would like to know if it is your intention to
stop me practicing as a doctor.
any further meetings take place I would be grateful if you could liase with my
representative as to the date, timing and location of such a meeting. Can you
confirm in writing that you will do this?
will tape any such meetings. I will bring two tape recorders and make two copies
simultaneously. At the end of the meeting I will give you a copy of the tape. I
may well bring more tape recorders so my representatives will have copies.
to any such meeting I would like a copy of the agenda of the meeting sent to
both myself and my representative, confirmation that this will be done and that
you will adhere to the Human Rights Act article 6 and the Universal Declaration
of Human Rights.
to any meeting I would like to know which people would be attending and any
conflicts of interest declared.
agenda should be sent to all parties at least seven days prior to each meeting
as should the written outcome of the meeting within reasonable time. Please
confirm that this will be done.
would like to know where I stand and my status in formal employment terms. I
have/have not been submitting sick notes, applied for special leave or study
leave or a sabbatical. (Delete as appropriate) I would like to know whether I am
on full pay or not. There was a letter circulated to all trusts on 11 December
2001 from the Government’s chief medical officer saying that if there are
serious concerns about a doctor then before suspension the NCAA should be
you tell me what happens if this matter is not sorted out by the time my fixed
term contract ends and what happens to my pay from that point onwards?
I resign from my post I would like to know what action the Trust would take.
to external bodies
would like to know if I have been referred to any external body or if you are
planning to do so. If such a referral has taken place or is going to take place
then I would like a copy of all correspondence with this external body/bodies as
soon as they are written together with any file notes of any conversations. I
would like a copy of this to be sent directly to my representative. Please
confirm that you will do this and that should you make any communication to any
external body regarding my case you will notify me of this. Should you make any
communication to an external body please confirm that such a letter will be
truthful and give the full facts and that any evidence you submit will not be
selective. Note that Good Medical Practice (http://www.gmc-uk.org/standards/good.htm)
says “You must not write or sign documents which are false or misleading
because they omit relevant information.”
such a case I would like a copy of all referral letters sent to myself and my
representatives at the time they are written and in your referral letter
I would like you to ask that external body to copy their response directly to me
and my representative quoting the appropriate reference numbers.
note that in BMA News on Saturday March 15 2003 the Health Ombudsman Ann Abraham
said:” I am very much of the view that the best place for complaints to be
dealt with is at a local level as quickly as possible, preferably by the people
who are the cause of the complaint in the first place.”
National Clinical Assessment Authority
note that if you are planning to refer me to the NCAA you need my consent.
the NCAA to consider the possibility of an assessment of a Doctor in training
there has to be clear unequivocal written confirmation that the request for
assessment is the joint action of both the Trust and the Postgraduate dean. The
only situation where Postgraduate Deans may wish NCAA to be involved in the
assessment of Doctors in training would be in the rare situation where “a
trainee lacks insight into a profound problem and therefore may leave the
stewardship of the Dean and seek employment as a Doctor elsewhere thus placing
patient safety at risk.”
note that if you wish to refer me to the GMC, their website states that local
procedures must be exhausted first.
top of that I want to know if an alert letter has been sent out about me
to the Department of Health Web site an alert letter should only be issued if
the doctor poses "serious potential or actual risk to patients or
staff" and the Circular on this requires there to be " sufficient,
reasonable grounds to support the view that the employee could be a potential
danger to the safety of patients".
confirm that you will do this and that you will follow the set procedure for
this and send me a copy of the procedure should you take this route.
would like to know if there is any racial intent behind your actions (delete if
would like to know if your actions are because I have raised concerns about
would like to know if your actions are because someone has taken a dislike to
note that law protects my pension and you cannot take this away from me.
would like a guarantee that no attempts will be made to bully, harass or
victimise me in any way.
you hold on me
also look forward to receiving the information that I am entitled to
you need further information from me, or a fee, please let me know as
you do not normally handle these requests for your organisation, please
that my records would no doubt have been updated in the last forty
send a copy of this file directly to my representatives. I am
am happy to mediate through an independent mediator if you are willing.
would like to know your secretary's direct telephone number, fax, and mailing
look forward to your reply.
the case of the GMC the GMC is a registered charity. So all you need to
if you are referred to the GMC is add the following.
send a copy of all correspondence directly to the following