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Some things are not


designed to be swallowed


...others are! Adcal-D3


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Is the GMC’s anonymous complaints procedure fi t for purpose?


From an anonymous GP, via pulsetoday.co.uk I went through a fitness-to-practise investigation about five years ago as the result of an anonymous complaint. It would have been very reassuring at the time to see the figures that Pulse has now published (‘Revealed: only one anonymous complaint has led to GMC action in two years’, pulsetoday.co.uk/ news). My defence body all along reassured me that it would be ‘difficult to see how they can take this further’. Nevertheless, everywhere I had worked during the previous year had to be written to. I had to wait to see if the anonymous person came forward. Surprisingly, I was advised not to help the GMC with the investigation in any way while they were rooting around for more information from my workplaces. At no time was I advised to provide any defence or explanation. Despite no further action being taken, the final letter I received still made me feel guilty. It warned me not to do what I had been accused of – even though I had been found innocent. There was no hint of recognition in the letter of the stress that I endured and the appalling delay in reaching a conclusion.


Adverse events should be reported. Reporting forms and information can be found at www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard. Adverse events should also be reported to ProStrakan Ltd on 01896 664000.


Further information is available on request from: ProStrakan Ltd, Galabank Business Park, Galashiels, TD1 1QH, UK. Legal category: P. before


prescribing, particularly in relation to precautions and contraindications.


Please consult Summary of Product Characteristics side-effects,


Information about this product, including adverse reactions, precautions, contraindications and method of use can be found at http://www.medicines.org.uk/emc. Marketing Authorisation Holder: ProStrakan Ltd, Galashiels, TD1 1QH, UK. Adcal is a registered trademark of ProStrakan Ltd.


Date of preparation: Nov 2015. Code: M004/UK/0164


My thoughts on Professor Steve Field


From Dr Rebecca Jones, a GP in Hastings and trainee/newly qualified GP representative for GP Survival Professor Steve Field may be ashamed of his fellow GPs (Professor Steve Field says GPs have ‘failed as a profession’, pulsetoday.co.uk/news), but I am sure I am not speaking just for myself when I say I am ashamed of the CQC’s inspection process and how ‘failing practices’ are dealt with. During his interview with the Daily


ALAMY


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