Acting to stop harm: the FCA and Appointed Representatives
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.
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