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Whistleblowing to GMC – when and how to raise and act on concerns
The General Medical Council (GMC) has published its annual report on whistleblowing disclosures.
In 18/19, the GMC received 35 whistleblowing disclosures – an increase on the previous year when 23 concerns were raised.
Of the disclosures the majority, 33, were made to the GMC’s Fitness to Practise teams.
Refusal to give evidence and inference in GMC FtP cases
R (Kuzmin) v General Medical Council  EWHC 2129 (Admin)
The High Court has recently ruled that a GMC tribunal is entitled to draw an adverse inference from a registrant’s refusal to give evidence.
In this case Dr Kuzmin appeared before the GMC’s Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service committee. He was accused of dishonestly failing to tell his employer of certain interim conditions.
State indemnity scheme and GMC fitness to practise referrals
In April I reported on the introduction of the Clinical Negligence Scheme for General Practice that came into effect on the 1st April 2019. The scheme is a new state-backed indemnity scheme for general practice operated by NHS Resolution.
This scheme covers clinical negligence claims for treatment provided on the NHS but does not cover criminal investigations, a coroner’s inquest, regulatory (GMC) issues, a complaint to the ombudsman from a patient, or a clinical negligence claim arising from private or fee-paying work.