Suspensions longer for GPs than hospital doctors, figures show

GP suspensions from work last twice as long as of those in the hospital and community sectors, National Clinical Assessment Service (NCAS) figures show.

The NCAS statistics reveal that for the small numbers of GPs affected, the length of suspensions or exclusions from work have been getting shorter over the past five years.
But the data show GP suspensions in 2010 lasted 39 weeks on average, compared to 21 weeks for equivalent exclusions in the hospital and community sectors.

NCAS said this was because the GMC is more likely to get involved in GP suspension cases compared to hospital and community sector exclusions, which lengthens the time to resolution.

Director of NCAS Professor Alastair Scotland, said: ‘Our figures suggest that concerns about professional practice are late in coming forward in primary care.

‘Late recognition increases the likelihood of regulatory action and therefore lengthens the time for resolution.'

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