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No action against Stafford doctors

Four senior doctors who worked at Stafford Hospital at the height of the neglect and abuse scandal will not face disciplinary action as the General Medical Council has dropped the cases against them.

Dr John Gibson, Dr Valerie Suarez, Dr David Durrans and Dr Dermot Mulherin, who all held senior management positions, were investigated by the GMC, but legal advice received by the regulator said there was "no realistic prospect" of success.

Since the public inquiry was published in February three nurses have been struck off the register - with one disciplinary hearing ongoing. The GMC has given warnings and advice to other doctors who worked at Stafford Hospital, but as yet none has been struck off for their role in providing medical care (one doctor has been erased from the register for fraud).
GMC Chief Executive Niall Dickson said: "Following the extensive investigations we have undertaken there is not the evidence to establish either misconduct or impairment against any of the doctors."

The GMC got legal advice from Tom Kark QC, who worked on the public inquiry, after taking statements from 26 witnesses.

Mr Kark advised the GMC that while there was evidence that would have demonstrated there were systematic management problems at the trust - none of it could be attributed to any individual doctor.