Health and Social Care

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. 

6 April 2018

Press Round-Up: Regulatory and Professional Discipline February 2018 - March 2018

Recent news relating to General Medical Council (GMC), Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), Bar Standards Board (BSB) and the Financial Reporting Council (FRC).

Shannett Thompson

3 April 2018

The appeal has been granted: Dr Bawa-Garba’s case in action

Dr Bawa-Garba was convicted of gross negligence manslaughter in November 2015, following the sad death of a young boy from sepsis. Whilst issues arose from Dr Bawa-Garba’s practice on the day in question, some systemic failures were present. These included Dr Bawa-Garba having recently returned from 14 months’ maternity leave and being left in charge of an acute ward, her working an extensive shift without respite and the lack of permanent nursing staff.

Shannett Thompson

22 March 2018

Post-Brexit language testing for EEA qualified healthcare professionals

On March 7 2018, the House of Commons Library published a Briefing Paper outlining the language testing requirements imposed upon healthcare professionals who qualified outside of the UK. Proficiency in English is one of the skills that healthcare professionals that work within the UK need to possess. However, the UK’s ability to regulate the standard of language skills held by applicants who originate from within the EEA has been hindered due to its membership with the EU.

Shannett Thompson

5 February 2018

Press Round-Up: Regulatory and Professional Discipline December 2017 - January 2018

Recent news relating to the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), General Medical Council (GMC), Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Shannett Thompson

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