The GMC has set out its plans to restart fitness to practise (FTP) investigations this month.
Existing FTP cases will resume, where this is possible, with flexibility on timescales and on the basis of direct discussion with those involved and ‘careful consideration and agreement’ with responsible officers, the regulator said.
Acknowledging that investigations are ‘difficult’ for all involved’, the GMC said it is of the view that delaying decisions any further could ‘cause additional stress’. It also said investigations would resume with the ‘understanding that many individuals and organisations remain under pressure and any potential impact needs to be proportionate’.
During this period, it will continue to review concerns that are raised to protect patient safety.
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Source: Pulse, 3 July 2020