Although I am a Consultant Psychiatrist I have now received no less than eight demands to undergo psychiatric examinations from General Medical Council (GMC) in London. I have never had mental illness in my whole life. My friends, my family, professional colleagues (psychiatrists, psychologist, nurses, managers and others) do not think I have any mental health problems at all.
It would appear that the only thing that is necessary for this to occur is to be critical of some professional practice.
In 1999 I objected to the wearing of religious uniform by social worker who worked with mentally ill. Psychiatrists and psychiatric nurses do not wear white coats or nursing uniforms as it creates barrier to trust. Wearing of uniforms in the psychiatric setting is associated with poorer compliance with treatment, more violence, and more self-harm. Although, I raised these issues through the usual channels, I was ignored and after I went to the press I have been subjected to the continuous harassment. The Medical Director of the hospital where I worked and to whom I initially complained about the social worker became a member of GMC Fitness to Practice Panelists!!! He ignored my concerns about the religious uniforms. Naturally, ever since GMC has stood by what is wrong and against Human Rights. Patients are less important than a member of GMC. I had no deaths while I worked in that hospital by the way.
GMC referrals to psychiatrists are completely unnecessary and inappropriate way of dealing with political issues such as those raised by me.
The only thing that is necessary to excite GMC is for some people to issinuate that a person is mad for the whole process to start with devastating consequances for the patients and a doctor. Diagnostic criteria such as DSM IVR or ICD10 are completely ignored by some of GMC Expert Witnesses. If witnesses contradict each other and themselves that appears to be acceptable to biased FTP.