A Kangaroo Court
This is a story based on true events in the author’s life over the years. A highly successful consultant orthopaedic surgeon’s life is turned upside down by actions of two colleagues with malicious intent compounded by the bungling of the regulatory organisation – The General Medical Council.
An "Assessment team" is sent out to assess the surgeon. The assessment is done in a hotel room by three doctors with very little knowledge of the specialty of the surgeon concerned. Two of them are retired surgeons with no or very little knowledge of current practice and one of them had never worked in a hospital. Their incompetent assessment report forms the basis of a trial by the Fitness to Practice Panel. This panel again consists of a retired Philosopher, a retired lay Vicar and a General Practitioner with no knowledge of orthopaedic surgery. The panel goes through the trial making blunders at every stage. There are “Specialist Medical Advisers” appointed to assist the panel who make a mockery of the system. They are present during only a part of the trial, and both of them get recused for rampant bias.
This book highlights the bureaucracy, corruption and incompetence that is rampant. There are a number of places where the organisation’s officers are shown to pervert the course of trial, only to be ignored by the panel. This will expose the inadequacies within the organisation and bound to be controversial.
Published: 28 September 2012