Defending Professionals Law Blog

18 January 2016

Junior doctors industrial action – fair pay, fair working hours

On 12 January 2016 tens of thousands of junior doctors took industrial action for the first time in 40 years in relation to changes to their contracts.

 

Hannah Williams

15 January 2016

Does the new GMC power mean double jeopardy for doctors?

The Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS) was set up in 2012 to run all hearings where a doctor’s performance or conduct has been called into question. The MPTS was set up to separate the investigation and adjudication functions of the General Medical Council (GMC). Therefore, the MPTS makes independent decisions and operates separately from the investigatory role performed by the Fitness to Practise arm of the GMC.

Diva Shah

14 January 2016

Case Update: High Court emphasises the seriousness of a finding of dishonesty against a professional

Dr S A Qureshi v General Medical Council [2015] EWHC 3729 (Admin)

This was an appeal to the High Court against the decision of a Fitness to Practice Panel (the Panel) of the General Medical Council in respect of a number of factual findings, including a finding of dishonesty, which had resulted in a direction for the appellant to be erased from the medical register.

16 December 2015

Professionals: beware the excesses of the Christmas party…

We are well into the Christmas party season, where good cheer and high-jinx abounds and the wine flows freely. Regulated professionals – doctors, accountants, conveyancers, architects - the list goes on - should think twice before letting their hair down too far. New Home Office guidance means that even an arrest (when no further action is taken) by the police may result in your regulatory body (the General Medical Council (GMC), Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), Council for Licensed Conveyances (CLC) or Architects Registration Board (ARB), using the examples above) being informed. Regulators may well decide to take action against your registration for the conduct that resulted in your arrest, even if you were not charged or given a caution or fixed penalty notice. 

Julie Norris

30 November 2015

Doctors beware - confidentiality is not an absolute duty

On 22 December 2014, a fatal bin lorry crash occurred in Glasgow killing six people and injuring around 15 others. It later transpired that the driver, a council worker, had suffered blackouts for a considerable period of time, one of which occurred whilst he was driving a bus in 2010.

Shannett Thompson

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