A doctor under investigation by the GMC is TWENTY TIMES more likely to commit suicide than the general public.
Of the 5,728 doctors subjected to an investigation by the GMC in 2012 AND 2013 (GMC, 2013 & 2014), 13 tragically committed suicide, a suicide rate of 227/100,000* (GMC, 2014). In the general population at that time, the suicide rate was 11.6/100,000 (ONS, 2014); amongst prisoners, the suicide rate was 65.5/100,000 (DH, 2014; MoJ 2013).
The relative risk of dying from suicide whilst under GMC investigation in 2012 was therefore TWENTY TIMES that of the UK general public (19.5 to be precise).
The GMC must urgently review its complaints-handling process to reduce stress on doctors under investigation; many are subsequently exonerated and have no chance of redress for unfounded or vexatious complaints.
*95% confidence interval: 100-350/100,000 (adjusted Wald method).