Curbing Free speech - Long Term Problem
I don't know, it seems a surprise to the UK that a doctor's livelihood can be curbed due to a critical remark. It is not so much the swearing but the fact that Dr Scot Jnr challenged Carol Black. The problem is that gradually the elite in the profession have always ruled. Since 2006 there have been a new breed of doctors - those wiling to speak out against the system.
Prior to 2006, all of us who challenged leading figures in the establishment were sidelined. When I set up nhsexposed.com, the medical profession were up in arms. The site was attacked and it went on until we hosted it away from the UK.
My total of investigations against me can be summarised as follows. I don't actually expect many people to pay much attention to this. I should clarify that I hardly swear online and none of these investigations were related to such language. They were though related to the fact that the GMC have attempted repeatedly to silence me. I know this because we are due for a judicial review on the subject of free speech. The threat of work damage is always used on the junior doctor who have stepped out of line. It is called the sword of damocles.
So to run down the free speech curbing in my own case.
1. First investigation at the GMC 
For writing a critical letter to the GMC. I was investigated covertly for potential mental illness. I took the GMC to court and won the strike out application in 2005. The GMC was deemed to be a totalitarian regime by Harris HHJ. During the court hearing, the GMC brought in copies of my website, the fact I read Stephen King and one typographical error as the high water mark of their case.
The GMC apologised in writing for leaking wrong data that was affecting my employment prospects. The GMC later admitted that they had no concerns about my mental health at all.
2. Second investigation - Woodman v Pal 
Dr Woodman of Doctors.net.uk had complained to the GMC stating that I had defamed him. I was subjected to a 8 month investigation. I was cleared. In 2007, the GMC wrote in a letter that " They did not consider defamation complaints".
3. Third Investigation. Concerning a link [ see related links section]. The GMC started to investigate me due to a link to a public document. It lost me my job, my reference and probably the rest of my medical career. I was cleared after about 6 months of legal wrangling. The case is subject to judicial review and it is understood to be the first JR against the GMC by a doctor concerning the issue of free speech.
So, there we have it. Curbing free speech is not a new thing and never has been.
Dr Rita Pal
[ banned from Doctors.net.uk for my controverial views].