Defending Doctors

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

14 August 2018

Dr Bawa-Garba – the Court of Appeal has spoken

This decision is one that regulatory lawyers like me have been waiting for. On 25 and 26 July 2018, the Court of Appeal considered Dr Bawa-Garba’s appeal against erasure from the medical register. The appeal followed the General Medical Council’s use of its power under section 40 of the Medical Act 1983, which led the High Court to review the decision of the Medical Practitioners Tribunal which considered Dr Bawa-Garba’s case, imposing a suspension.

Shannett Thompson

3 July 2018

An update on the General Optical Council v Clarke – retirement is not relevant to impairment

Shannett Thompson and Grace Castle provide an update on General Optical Council v Clarke.

Shannett Thompson

12 June 2018

Love Island and your professional obligations

The launch of ITV2’s reality TV show ‘Love Island’ amassed an audience of approximately 2.95 million, becoming the highest-rating programme at 9pm across all channels last Monday. Another first for the series is the inclusion of contestants with professional qualifications such as an A&E doctor and a newly qualified solicitor.

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