Report Dr Hargreaves to the GMC?
Dr Hargreaves has continued to underperform since his return to work. The receptionist, Jenny, comes to see Dr Singh because she's concerned that patients may be at risk.
Dr Hargreaves has recently return to work following the death of his wife following a long illness. He has been the subject of a complaint from Brian Wood, to whom he mistakenly prescribed penicillin in spite of the fact that Brian's penicillin allergy was on record.
Honestly Dr Singh, I gave him the patient records for this morning's surgery and he just looks awful - I can't imagine he's getting any sleep at all. And I'm sure I caught a whiff of alcohol too, though that might be from last night - Mark said he saw him coming out of the White Hart.
Well he's had a lot to deal with recently. I'd suggest he had more time off but he keeps saying that work's the only thing that's keeping him going.
Yes but that's not the issue is it? I mean what happens if he makes another mistake? Or what if he's started drinking again? You know what happened last time...
Dr Singh decided to call the GMC for confidential advice, and to help him come to a view about the risk to patients. He went in to see Dr Hargreaves immediately after speaking to the GMC, told him he had decided to inform the Primary Care Trust (PCT) and asked him to stop seeing patients immediately. Dr Singh was very supportive and persuaded Dr Hargreaves to go to his GP and to make an appointment with a counsellor.