GMC Defence Barristers BlogDiscussion around the legal issues faced by doctors
The doctor approached us very close to the original FtP listing in a matter which was, at that stage, almost inevitably going to lead to erasure by the MPTS.
What difference does legal representation really make in fitness to practise proceedings?
Doctors can appeal GMC decisions relating to registration, licensing, restoration and revalidation, but legal advice is key to good outcomes.
GMC Interim Sanctions – Overview A General Medical Council (GMC) fitness to practise investigations can take many months, if not years. Whilst doctors could continue to work unrestricted during a GMC investigation, they could be referred to an Interim Orders Tribunal...
The General Medical Council (GMC) placed specific emphasis on its “zero tolerance of sexual harassment” in the updated Good medical practice that, for the first time, includes a “clear definition of what constitutes it and an expectation that doctors who see such...
The GMC has published the updated version of the Good Medical Practice. We look at the changes and what they mean for doctors.
A recent case serves as an important reminder to all doctors to ensure they maintain appropriate professional boundaries with patients at all times.
Contact from the GMC can be distressing for doctors and there are important things doctors should do when they receive correspondence from the GMC.
GMC fitness to practise investigations can take years, to conclude. Can you afford to not work, or work under restrictions, during this time?
Doctors under investigation may quickly find the GMC is far less concerned about protecting doctors highlighting the value of legal advice.
Does evidence of insight and remediation really make a difference before a Medical Practitioner’s Tribunal (MPT)?
GMC Case Examiners close fitness to practise investigation with no case to answer for Kings View Chamber’s client.
IOT’s decide if a doctor’s practice should be restricted while an investigation takes place and orders must be reviewed six monthly.
The High Court recently provided useful guidance in circumstances where doctors wholly admit allegations and what bearing this has during the sanctions stage.
Swift J exclaimed that the “Good Medical Practice is the most important” of all GMC guidance for doctors, when was the last time you actually read it?
In general, self-referral is only considered necessary by the GMC in cases where a doctor’s health might impact on their fitness to practise.
One of the most important steps to protect a doctor’s medical licence is making sure they avoid common types of misconduct allegations.
The right to take industrial action is protected by UK employment law but it might benefit doctors to understand the GMC position and guidance.