Lawyers must fix the problems with gagging orders before it is too late
Case Study: GMC Interim Order Proceedings
“It was a Monday evening after a particularly hectic day at work. Feeling drained, all I wanted to do was have a long bath and a bite to eat, and get an early night. I opened my front door, scooped up that morning’s post and noticed a letter from the General Medical Council. A female patient, the letter informed me, had made a complaint against me, alleging that I had made sexual advances towards her at a recent appointment. The letter gave me notice that the General Medical Council would be making an application to the Interim Orders Panel for an Interim Suspension Order to be imposed against me at a hearing in less than two weeks’ time. My mind was spinning. Who had made such a complaint against me? What would my wife say? Did I need to inform my boss? How could I get time off to attend a hearing in Manchester at such short notice? What would I do if the Interim Orders Panel suspended my registration? After many a frantic call to my defence organisation the following day, I was advised that they would not be able to assist me because of the nature of the allegation. I did not know where to turn.”
We have acted for many doctors who find themselves the subject of a complaint to the General Medical Council. Often, Interim Orders Panel proceedings mark the start of a long and challenging process, during which a doctor’s professional registration is at stake. We have the experience and expertise to answer your questions, to protect your interests and to support you through both Interim Orders Panel proceedings and any Fitness to Practise investigation which may ensue.
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