Complaints made to the GMC can take around six months to investigate and far longer to resolve if there is to be a fitness to practise hearing. Studies have shown there may be a link between the stress of these proceedings and a higher suicide rate amongst doctors. The GMC has launched two new pilot initiatives designed to reduce the impact of investigations on doctors and to speed up the process of dealing with complaints.
This was an appeal to the High Court against the decision of a Fitness to Practice Panel (the Panel) of the General Pharmaceutical Council (the Council) in respect of a number of factual findings which had resulted in a direction for Zahra Hussain (Ms H) to be erased from the Council’s register.
The ICAEW has, in recent disciplinary cases, emphasised its strong stance on members who fail to comply with its disciplinary investigations. In three recent distinct cases brought against ICAEW members Mr Andrew Richard Nicholson FCA; Mr Alan George Kent FCA; and Mr David John Gillespie FCA, the decisions handed down reflect the ICAEW’s viewpoint that a failure to provide information when requested by the regulator will not be tolerated.