Medical boards: a power unto themselves

Dr Tony Marshal

Many have suffered lifelong depression requiring long-term counselling. Indeed, many medical defence organisations have dedicated services just for this kind of eventuality.

This is the power of medical boards. They can investigate, summon and question at length. They can actually deregister you, which can sometimes mean destruction of livelihoods that can lead to destruction of entire families. In short, they can change a professional’s life 180 degrees.

The only thing they cannot do — compared to courts

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