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Doctors’ licence renewals deferred after review of midwifery service

Posted in: Medical Negligence 

Guernsey doctors have had their licence renewals deferred following a critical review into the island’s midwifery services. The review was sparked by a number of deaths that happened in the maternity department, but especially the death of a newborn baby earlier this year. Many of the Health and Social Services Department’s board members resigned following the tragic death.

The doctor’s licences have been deferred for six months, and they will be expected to prove their ability to practice on a regular basis in order for the renewal to be granted. One doctor, Dr Brian Parkin, said that doctors had absolutely nothing to do with what is currently being investigated. He said that he and other doctors on Guernsey were “very surprised” at being held responsible for “something that seemed to solely concern the midwifery department.

“Do everything to improve governance procedures”

The General Medical Council (GMC) chief executive Niall Dickson said that they are mostly concerned by the lack of local arrangement to ensure that doctors on the island are fit to practice. He added that they are working closely with Guernsey’s Health and Social Services department to resolve any concerns. He also said that this would not affect the doctors’ ability to practice in the future.

Dr Brian Parkin stated that he and his colleagues want to avoid confrontation and will continue to follow the GMC’s regulations. He said they would do “everything … to improve governance procedures” on the island. 

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