Following the joint statement published by regulators at the start of the pandemic, on 14 January 2021, the GDC published supplementary advice to decision makers on the factors to be taken into account when considering complaints arising during the pandemic.
The advice, which is to be welcomed, sets out the various contextual matters to be taken into account by decision makers which include environmental issues and resource, guidelines and protocols.
Continue reading “New GDC guidance on factors to be taken into account – a step in the right direction?”
As shown in the BLM Policy blog of 15 December 2020 (link here), COVID-19 (C-19) compensation claims appear to be gathering some momentum although, at this point, the total number of such claims that have been officially registered with the Compensation Recovery Unit of the UK Department for Work & Pensions remains very low.
As we have noted previously, new and untested questions on standard of care and legal causation would likely arise in any litigated C-19 claim. In this blog, we re-visit certain aspects of these potential questions in the context of vaccinations for care home staff.
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During the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare regulators reviewed their processes and made a joint commitment to take human and environmental factors into consideration when determining whether a complaint/incident reached the threshold for fitness to practise action.
In addition, the country saw an outpouring of support and affection for healthcare practitioners working hard to treat patients in hugely pressured and trying circumstances.
Alongside the guidance on relevant factors to consider during the life of an investigation, emergency registration was granted to recently retired practitioners under emergency powers granted by the Coronavirus Act 2020. Notably, the GMC introduced guidance for decision makers on requests to relax or revoke sanctions or IOT orders in response to COVID-19 which allowed those whose registration was subject to restriction to apply for an early review of that restriction.
Do these changes reflect a change in what may be determined in the public interest and can healthcare professionals be reassured that such changes will remain in place once the impact of the pandemic has subsided? It may be more apposite to ask whether they should remain in place.
Continue reading “COVID-19: does the response of the regulators call for a fresh approach?”