Doctors and the GMC

21 February 2019

Do professionals have the “right to be forgotten”?

A landmark ruling published in January 2019 by Amsterdam’s District Court has allowed a Dutch surgeon’s claim against Google and Dutch data privacy watchdog, Autoriteit Persoonsgegevens, regarding her “right to be forgotten”. The judgement handed down in July 2018 has only been published now, as there was a dispute as to whether it should be made public given the subject matter. 

Julie Norris

12 February 2019

The MPTS considers professional boundaries after GP has a child with a former patient

Professional boundaries are an important aspect of clinical care. Registered healthcare practitioners must be able to practice within legal and ethical boundaries in respect of patients. Sarah Atkinson and Aguie Mbah write on the current case deals with a hearing before the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS) where the allegation against the doctor related to breaching professional boundaries. 


Sarah Atkinson

2 January 2019

Court of Appeal reaffirms the need for detailed medical evidence in the event of seeking an adjournment on health grounds

On 13 December 2018, the Court of Appeal handed down its judgment in an appeal by the General Medical Council (the GMC) against a decision made by the High Court to allow an appeal by Dr Hayat. Dr Hayat had been erased from the medical register in February 2017. You can access our blog on the previous High court decision here

Sarah Atkinson

27 December 2018

Must an allegation against a doctor always be considered by the Case Examiners?

R (on the application of Rudling) v General Medical Council [2018] EWHC 3582 (Admin)

Shannett Thompson

4 December 2018

YouTube video of a Care Quality Commission inspection leads to GP’s suspension

On 19 November 2018, a Panel of the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (“MPTS”) suspended Dr Hendrik Beerstecher (“Dr B”) for 2 months following his covert recording of Care Quality Commission (“CQC”) inspectors during a review of his practice. Dr B posted the recordings to YouTube and his surgery’s website, accompanied with his mocking commentary regarding an earlier CQC report.

Shannett Thompson

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