Press Round-Up: Regulatory and Professional Discipline December 2018 - January 2019

4 February 2019

General Medical Council (GMC)

The GMC has written to MP Sarah Wollaston regarding the recent review of their right to appeal. Whilst it has been noted that it has been recommended that they lose their right to appeal, this is subject to parliamentary time. Undertaking the recommended review of their processes led by Sir Robert Francis QC, they have agreed to undertake the following prior to appealing any case until their powers are removed:

a) The guidance on appeals decision-making will be updated to reflect the learning from recent judgments and Sir Roberts’s advice, particularly the Court of Appeal’s clarification of the thresholds that should be applied when considering whether to appeal and consideration of context and systemic issues.

b) Decision-making in prospective appeals involving decisions of Medical Practitioners Tribunals will be delegated to a three person Executive Panel comprising: the Chief Executive and Registrar as Chair; the Medical Director and Director of Education and Standards; and the Director of Fitness to Practise (or their nominated Deputies if not available).

c) Increase transparency by publishing panel decisions.

d) Seek the views of the PSA as part of its consideration of appropriate clinical misconduct or deficient performance cases.

The full letter can be viewed here.

Kathryn Sheridan blogged on the topic last year which can be viewed here.

Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO)

The ICO has produced guidance for businesses and organisations (in particular SME’s) preparing for the possibility of a no-deal Brexit. This includes frequently asked questions, six steps to take and guidance on what leaving the EU without a trade agreement may look like.

The guidance can be viewed here.

Financial Reporting Council (FRC)

The FRC haa provided updates on the investigation into Carillion and Sir John Kingman’s independent review of the FRC.

Both matters are the subject of blogs by Charlotte Judd which can be viewed here.

Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)

The NMC has heralded a major milestone being reached as nursing associates join the health and care workforce in England. This role brings a new regulated professional under the NMC’s auspices who are said to bridge the gap between health and care assistants and registered nurses. The new profession opens up routes of training and progression via apprenticeship meaning that the nursing associates can earn as they learn. The article can be viewed here.

The NMC has also provided a comment on the Professional Standards Authority report on the duty of candour. Shannett Thompson and Laura Penman blogged about the PSA’s report here.

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