Controversial Ideas 2023, 3(1), 7; doi: 10.35995/jci03010007
Fitness-to-Practise: How UK Healthcare Regulators Cause Practitioner Deaths
1 Health Professionals Support Association, London, UK;
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Received: 11 May 2021 / Revised: 19 Feb 2023 / Accepted: 21 Feb 2023 / Published: 28 Apr 2023
Cases of practitioner ill-health and suicide have been attributed to disciplinary proceedings carried out by healthcare regulators. The methods operated by regulatory bodies when investigating claims of practitioner wrongdoing exhibit judicial irregularities and raise significant ethical concerns. Revealing how and where regulators fail to execute their fitness-to-practise responsibilities constructively creates a starting point from which fairer and safer systems of regulatory interventions can be considered. This paper is an analysis of how the regulatory establishment administers fitness-to-practise procedures, and endeavours to identify how existing approaches cause harm and undermine the integrity of regulatory oversight.
Keywords: Fitness-to-practise; judicial irregularity; ethics; regulation; suicide
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Macqueen, D. Fitness-to-Practise: How UK Healthcare Regulators Cause Practitioner Deaths. Controversial_Ideas 2023, 3, 7.
Macqueen D. Fitness-to-Practise: How UK Healthcare Regulators Cause Practitioner Deaths. Journal of Controversial Ideas. 2023; 3(1):7.
Macqueen, Dominic. 2023. "Fitness-to-Practise: How UK Healthcare Regulators Cause Practitioner Deaths." Controversial_Ideas 3, no. 1: 7.