Our expert says:
OK, FT, I get it -- what implications for a shrink who HAD BEEN treating someone who SUBSEQUENTLY committed suicide. It depends. In any unexpected death, including all by suicide, there ought to be some form of inquest to determine the cause of death. That may be the end of it. But if there is evidence raised at that stage, or complaints made to the police by someone with some standing in the case ( in other words, not a mere busybody interfering ) to suggest that there was negligence in the handling of the case ( some people can and will kill themselves even if they have been treated impeccably well by their shrinks, the fact of their suicide doesn't necessarily mean there was any negligence at all ) then this would probably be investigated further. If the police find evidence of serious misconduct, criminal charges might arise ( as, I hpe, would be the case i someone died in relation to quack treatments like Sleep Therapy) ; and/or they could report the matter to the Health Professions Council which includes a Medical Council dealing with doctors like psychiatrists, and a council dealing with Psychologists, etc. ) for investigation and a possible hearing for disciplinary decisions.
If they are found to have acted badly, maybe no criminally, but "serious professional misconduct" of various types, they could be removed from the register and forbidden to practice, permanently or temporarily, or reprimanded, with this being placed in their record at the COuncil.
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