Doctors and the GMC

4 October 2018

Court of Appeal overturns High Court’s finding of doctor’s dishonesty

Case summary of Raychaudhuri v General Medical Council (Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care intervening) [2018] EWCA Civ 2027.

Shannett Thompson

18 September 2018

Medical school graduation to investigation in less than a year

A newly qualified doctor has been issued with a warning by the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS) after he punched a nightclub bouncer while celebrating his graduation from medical school. He was arrested and subsequently accepted a police caution for assault by beating.  As a result of the police caution, the matter was investigated by the General Medical Council (GMC) and Dr Jones then faced a hearing before the MPTS last week.This case serves as a stark reminder to all professionals to be mindful of the fact that behaviour in your private life can impact on your professional position. 

Sarah Atkinson

24 August 2018

Jeremy Hunt strips the GMC of their right to appeal MPT’s decisions

The GMC will be stripped of its power to appeal against decisions made by the MPTS following recommendations from a government review commissioned following the proceedings of Dr Bawa-Garba.

Kathryn Sheridan

11 April 2018

Are doctors being penalised by the General Medical Council’s power of appeal?

The Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS) hears cases against doctors alleged to have seriously breached GMC standards. As stated on its website, the MPTS ‘provides a hearings service that is fully independent in its decision making and separate from the investigatory role of the GMC’. As part of the hearings process, when a doctor’s fitness to practise is found to be impaired, the GMC makes submissions on sanction which details the sanction the regulator considers to be appropriate in protecting the public and/or preserving public confidence in the profession (public interest). The GMC’s submissions aside, it is the MPTS that has the power to determine which sanction to impose against the doctor’s registration. 

28 February 2018

Trauma: oh dear Dr Allerton

The writer of TV drama Doctor Foster is back with another medical drama which focuses on ethical dilemmas faced by doctors. This time the focus is Dr Jon Allerton, a well-respected surgeon.

Shannett Thompson

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