"The duties of a doctor registered with the General Medical Council Patients must be able to trust doctors with their lives and health. To justify that trust you must show respect for human life and make sure your practice meets the standards expected of you in four domains.
Knowledge, skills and performance
* Make the care of your patient your first concern.
* Provide a good standard of practice and care.
* Keep your professional knowledge and skills up to date.
* Recognise and work within the limits of your competence."
Calling ME a psychosomatic disease, ignoring all the evidence that ME is a physical disease is not Keeping your professional knowledge up to date. That normally should mean that doctors who do not do that, land themselves in heavy Waters with the GMC.
It's also interesting if you look at the other domains. For example:
* "Never abuse your patients' trust in you or the public's trust in the profession."
Calling a physical disease psychosomatic as Dr O'Sullivan is doing or all in the mind, SSD etc as the Pinocchio Psychiatrists have been doing for decades is severely abusing the public's trust in the profession.
And what about the following one:
"Communication, partnership and teamwork
* Treat patients as individuals and respect their dignity.
* Treat patients politely and considerately."
It is that this is a very debilitating disease otherwise it would make you laugh if you know how bad people with this disease are being treated thanks to the Pinocchio Psychiatrists and now Dr O'Sullivan who wants to have a piece of the Pinocchio cake.
If you want to read up on the GMC's Guidance on Good Medical Practice, Duties of a Doctor, you can do it @ the GMC's own website
# Exercise physiologist Prof Keller: "Given what we have learned in the past eight years about this illness, it is intellectually embarrassing to suggest that ME is a psychological illness."
# Professor Hooper: When does ignoring evidence by doctors become serious professional misconduct ?
# Prof Edward Shorter and the psychic epidemic of ignoring clinical evidence
# Evidence that a disease is psychosomatic doesn't exist
# Massachusetts Medical Society's NEJM Journal Watch: "There is still no cure, or even any reliably effective treatment, for CFS"
# Editorial in Jacobs Journal of Physiotherapy and Exercise: it is essential to protect ME patients against harm by exercise regimes
# Rituximab maintenance infusions leads to prolonged disease remission in ME/CFS
# Immunological Similarities between Cancer and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
# Danish study finds patients with MEcfs have the lowest health-related quality of life of 21 conditions looked at which means / confirms that CBT and GET are at best totally useless