GMC Defence Barristers’ lead counsel Stephen McCaffrey has secured no case to answer at the close of the GMC case.
Dr C qualified in 2000 and, prior to the events which were the subject of the hearing, Dr C was working as a Locum Sessional GP in the North East of England.
The allegation against Dr C that led to the hearing centred around an interview which took place at CBC Health, conducted by another doctor in April 2018. Dr C was being interviewed regarding out of hours GP sessions.
After the interview but on the same day, the other doctor sent a complaint to the GMC, in which he stated that Dr C was:
“specifically asked the following questions “Did the interviewee disclose whether any undertakings, restrictions or warnings have been placed upon his practice by the Registered Body (GMC) or NHS Organisations? And secondly “is the doctor currently under investigation by the Registered body (GMC) or NHS Organisation? The doctors response to both questions was “No”. At the end of the interview I asked the interviewee to sign the statements relating to GMC restrictions and investigations. At this point the interviewee disclosed that there were, indeed, restrictions on his prescribing and that he as unable to prescribe opiate or hypnotic medications.”
The complaint subsequently led to an allegation of falsely answering ‘No’ in the interview to specific questions and that those actions were dishonest.
Stephen secured the following outcome for Dr C in the case:
- No finding of dishonesty on the points not admitted by Dr C
- No Misconduct Found
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