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    A doctor prescribed exorcism to a patient who came to see her about contraception advice. She then read to her from a battered Bible, said prayers over her stomach and gave her wooden crosses and stones to ward off evil.
    (See the full story here: GP prescribed exorcism to patient | Metro.co.uk)

    The punishment handed out by the GMC was only a SIX MONTH SUSPENSION for this.

    Contrasts drastically with the punishments handed out by the RPSGB doesn't it? For example, the the striking off of a pharmacist for theft to a total value of approx £120. See here: PJ Online | The Society: Statutory Committee (8 November 2003)


    Now really, what's worse: a pharmacist who steels some medicines or a Doctor who reads from the Bible rather than conducting further medical examination?

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    Re: GP prescribes exorcism - GMC only give six months suspension

    Originally posted by N.T View Post
    A doctor prescribed exorcism to a patient who came to see her about contraception advice. She then read to her from a battered Bible, said prayers over her stomach and gave her wooden crosses and stones to ward off evil.
    (See the full story here: GP prescribed exorcism to patient | Metro.co.uk)

    The punishment handed out by the GMC was only a SIX MONTH SUSPENSION for this.

    Contrasts drastically with the punishments handed out by the RPSGB doesn't it? For example, the the striking off of a pharmacist for theft to a total value of approx £120. See here: PJ Online | The Society: Statutory Committee (8 November 2003)


    Now really, what's worse: a pharmacist who steels some medicines or a Doctor who reads from the Bible rather than conducting further medical examination?
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      Re: GP prescribes exorcism - GMC only give six months suspension

      No, what was that about?
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        Re: GP prescribes exorcism - GMC only give six months suspension

        Surely the point is not that pharmacist are badly treated by their professional body but that doctors are too leniently treated! And that is why the Government has brought in the new regulations about professional discipline, precisely to ensure that medics were treated with the same rigour as pharmacists and nurses.

        Years and years ago I recall a case where a GP alleged that someone had been "miraculously" cured of diabetes. Can't recall what eventually happened, but the NHS took quite a dim view.

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          Re: GP prescribes exorcism - GMC only give six months suspension

          Originally posted by the old merlin View Post
          Years and years ago I recall a case where a GP alleged that someone had been "miraculously" cured of diabetes. Can't recall what eventually happened, but the NHS took quite a dim view.
          What view did the GMC take?

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          • #6
            Re: GP prescribes exorcism - GMC only give six months suspension

            Generally it appears GMC is reluctant to strike off which would deprive the Dr of his job, home and marriage. RPSGB has no such scruples.
            johnep

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            • #7
              Re: GP prescribes exorcism - GMC only give six months suspension

              Originally posted by Linnear View Post
              No, what was that about?
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                Re: GP prescribes exorcism - GMC only give six months suspension

                Do you think its time to revive interest into "Rhyming Remedies". So far they have an excellent safety profile.
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                How times change.

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                • #9
                  Re: GP prescribes exorcism - GMC only give six months suspension

                  Originally posted by johnep View Post
                  Generally it appears GMC is reluctant to strike off which would deprive the Dr of his job, home and marriage. RPSGB has no such scruples.
                  johnep
                  I think the society has always tried to put the message "we are very tough on pharmacists" in an attempt to keep control of regulation.

                  I've said before why isn't there more steps in the punishment ladder? My dentist told me his friend got addicted to morphine (another dentist) and got caught. He wasn't struck off, but had to work supervised for a couple of years. Even Shipman didn't get struck off when he got caught doing the same thing. We need something like that in my opinion, as all we seem to have now is: -

                  1. Not guilty - nothing
                  2. Reprimand - equals nothing in reality
                  3. Struck off - your life ruined

                  We need a least another step in this process. The gap between 2 and 3 are all or nothing.
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                    Re: GP prescribes exorcism - GMC only give six months suspension

                    Originally posted by admin View Post
                    3. Struck off - your life ruined
                    ...or....

                    '3. Struck off - your life saved' - as you can no longer practice pharmacy and therefore HAVE to turn to alternative means of employment and are likely to find something you enjoy doing more.

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