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Responding to the Kerr/Haslam Inquiry

  • Fiona Subotsky (a1)
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In 2004 I was asked by the College first to respond to the Inquiry's questions and later to attend a ‘stakeholders' meeting’. This was not so much in my capacity as Treasurer but as an officer with an interest in the issue of risk and professional difficulties for psychiatrists. A review of the public reports from the General Medical Council (GMC) of their determinations in the Professional Conduct Committee had made it evident that sexual misconduct was probably the single greatest cause of a finding of serious professional misconduct against a psychiatrist. In addition, I had contributed to an earlier debate on sexual safety for women in psychiatric hospitals (Subotsky, 1991, 1993).

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Responding to the Kerr/Haslam Inquiry

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