The medical world is tilting so much it might fall over!
The General Medical Council (GMC), headed by its Chief Executive Niall Dickson, needs to get a grip.
This story raises the question whether the GMC has sufficient credibility and judgement to be fit for purpose because there is no doubt whatsoever that those at the GMC knew the background of Penny Mellor, the individual concerned.
Incidentally, Niall Dickson has been featured in this blog before.
Niall Dickson tries to justify the appointment of a child abduction conspirator on one of its advisory groups:
“A row has broken out after the General Medical Council recruited a woman convicted of conspiracy to abduct a child on to an expert group charged with producing child protection guidance for doctors.
Penny Mellor, from Wolverhampton, served eight months of an 18-month jail sentence after being found guilty of a “wicked conspiracy to abduct” a little girl in 1999. She still maintains she was trying to prevent the child from falling into the hands of social services. Mrs Mellor has been involved in more than 50 complaints against professionals working in child protection, accusing numerous doctors and nurses of misconduct.”
“The GMC refused to explain its decision to The IoS but its chief executive, Niall Dickson, told the BMJ that Mrs Mellor was included in order to give the group credibility and that it was important to hear all perspectives.
Two retired paediatricians and co-authors of the letter, Drs John Bridson and Nigel Speight, last night said the GMC had plenty of critics without criminal convictions to choose from, and Mrs Mellor’s inclusion had diminished optimism about what the group would achieve. The new guidance to help doctors working in child protection is expected in 2011.”
Do you suppose, My Black Cat, that the GMC appointed Ms Mellor to this position in order that they, the GMC would have a more peaceful life as a consequence of Dr Rita Pal choking on her cornflakes?
Or is this an example of “inclusiveness” and “diversity” of the politics of The Third Way?
Or is it just plain daft?
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