Posted by: Witch Doctor | July 27, 2009

Remedy wins round one



“RemedyUK wins the first stage of its legal challenge against the GMC’s refusal to investigate the managerial deficiencies leading to the MTAS recruitement fiasco.

Mr Justice Hickinbottom found in favour of Remedy in their Permission hearing. The case can now go on to a substantive hearing which is likely to take place before the end of the year.

The case concerns the jurisdiction of the GMC over complaints against senior doctors who were responsible for MTAS. MTAS was the new process for the selection and recruitment of junior doctors and was an integral part of the “Modernising Medical Careers” initiative. It proved to be a disaster. Remedy argued that the doctors responsible should be referred to the Fitness to Practice committee of the GMC for deficient professional performance and/or serious professional misconduct, and over 1600 supporters joined them in this. The GMC declined to hold an enquiry.

We’re heading into the biggest public health crisis in recent memory and it’s particularly important that the conduct of doctors in senior managerial positions is not impervious to scrutiny said Matt Jameson Evans Chair of RemedyUK Accountability lies at the heart of modern professional medical practice, and there should be no double standards for those sitting at senior levels.

The judge acknowledged that MTAS has been a disaster which had brought the profession into disrepute. He recognised the precedent of the case of Roylance, which established the jurisdiction of the GMC over doctors in management, and he recognised that there was a link with the present case. He therefore granted permission for the substantive hearing, on two grounds, and he also awarded a Protective Costs Order in Remedy’s favour. He declined the GMCs request for a reciprocal cost-capping.

This isn’t solely about the events of 2007 said Richard Marks, Head of Policy but also about the jurisdiction of the GMC and doctors in management roles. The Judge himself admits that this is a case of some public interest”


You bet this is of public interest.

The government and members of the senior medical establishment kicked a whole generation of doctors in the teeth over MTAS/MMC. Now these teeth are biting back. But this is not just discord amongst the medical profession. In the Witch Doctor’s view what is happening here is relevant to every man, woman and child because it is challenging the hubris and lack of accountability of “leaders” and “regulators” at the highest level in the land.

This is an extremely important case.


RemedyUK is a grassroots doctors’ pressure group. Further details

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  1. […] And of course, Remedy UK, are seeking answers to different questions in their own way. What they are doing has implications way beyond the medical profession. […]

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