GMC Defence Barristers BlogDiscussion around the legal issues faced by doctors
The High Court reaffirmed important legal fitness to practise principles in the case of PSA v HCPC recently.
Coroner’s verdict directs GMC to ensure trusts and agencies inform doctors when they are referred to the GMC and check what support they need.
A doctor’s fitness to practise was found not impaired in a case involving a police caution for an issue of violence against a child which was referred to the GMC.
This case occurred in the context of the NMC’s fitness to practise process but principle remains the same for all healthcare professionals.
Evidence of a registrant’s behaviour and attitude during and after an incident and during fitness to practise proceedings is vitally important.
GMC has published the initial results of its first ever survey of SAS and LE doctors with many reporting “unfair treatment”.
A doctor, represented by GMC Defence Barristers, has avoided a practice suspension following a MPTS hearing where they were accused of dishonesty.
The GMG is responsible to regulating doctors ensuring that doctors are fit to practise. How does the GMC define fitness to practise?
Doctors are increasingly moving away from traditional careers and training paths to avoid burnout according to GMC report.
A peer-reviewed study confirms that doctors who do not attend their hearing or lacked legal representation tended to receive more serious outcomes.
Figures releases by the General Medical Council (GMC) has shown a 40% increase in the number of referrals to the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS) in the last year.
Cautions must be declared to healthcare regulatory bodies such as the GMC. There is often uncertainty over cautions, what they are and whether they should be declared.
When a decision by the MPTS is made in relation to a doctor’s fitness to practise, that decision can be subject to an appeal by various parties.
This is a complex topic, and unfortunately many doctors feel unsure how to correctly balance the requirements of patient safety, public interest, responsibilities to colleagues and duties to employers.
Negative conclusions can be drawn by the GMC’s medical practitioners tribunal service (MPTS) panel if doctors decide not to testify or give evidence in their disciplinary tribunal.
The rules governing the scheme include provision for NHS Resolution to share information about claims with the GMC.
A General Medical Council (GMC) commission study found that senior healthcare staff are unprepared and unsupported for the challenges of leadership during the early stages of their management careers.
Junior doctors have won a court case against a hospital trust over rest breaks which “could have far-reaching implications for the NHS.”