A spokeswoman for the London Deanery said today: “From our point of view it was a very minor incident. [Professor Paice] acted in accordance with the General Medical Council’s good practice guidance.”
The spokeswoman said Paice made no recommendation as to how the Highland Deanery should react to Dr Scot Jr’s posting, and speculated that there may be more to the suspension than publicly known.
Dr Scot Jr’s supporters say there isn’t. They are worried that the suspension will appear on his permanent record and damage his future employment or promotion prospects. Under the Department of Health’s guidelines on suspension, brought in in 2003, doctors should only be barred from work in order:
“to protect the interests of patients or other staff; and/or to assist the investigative process when there is a clear risk that the practitioner’s presence would impede the gathering of evidence.”
The guidlines also state that no doctor should be suspended for more than four weeks. The status of Dr Scot Jr’s suspension was clouded when people close to him said he had been reinstated by this NHS Trust, but then resuspended by the Highland Deanery in late August.”
Minor incident. Eh?
So, A Cloaked Statement is now appearing is it?
“There may be more to the suspension than publicly known”
The trawlers are trawling.
What they trawl better be something very important, because if it’s not, The Blogosphere will fry them!