Stephensons has gained an excellent reputation for defending doctors facing fitness to practise proceedings and we pride ourselves on achieving the best possible results for our clients. Our team has experience of dealing with a wide range of cases and the following case studies are examples of our recent work in this area. If you are facing a GMC investigation or you have been referred to an MPTS hearing, please contact our specialist fitness to practise lawyers on 0161 696 6250 without delay.
GMC investigations and MPTS hearings - case studies
Our lawyers acted for a doctor accused of dishonesty following allegations of submitting inaccurate timesheets. Written submissions were made to the case examiners, dealing with evidential issues and matters concerning our client’s fitness to practise. Following this, the GMC proposed to conclude the case with a warning. Our client did not wish to accept a warning and further written submissions were made. These were accepted by the case examiners and the case was closed with advice.
Our lawyers acted for a doctor facing investigation following a complaint by a private patient regarding an elective cosmetic procedure. The GMC instructed an expert witness who was highly critical of our client. We made detailed submissions which challenged the expert's findings. Following this the investigation was closed with no further action.
Our lawyers acted for a doctor referred to the GMC following a serious clinical error which contributed to the death of a patient. Our client accepted having made a diagnostic error and made full and frank admissions to the GMC. Detailed written submissions were made at the Rule 7 stage setting out our client’s reflection on the incident and outlining a programme of training which had been completed in order to remediate matters. The case was concluded with a warning.
Our lawyers acted for a doctor facing investigation by the GMC following a complaint from a private patient. The complaint concerned inadequate aftercare following a private cosmetic surgical procedure. We represented our client at an Interim Orders Panel hearing which resulted in no order being imposed. Following this the investigation was concluded with no further action on the basis that there was insufficient evidence to support a finding that our client’s fitness to practise was impaired.
We acted for a doctor referred to a fitness to practice hearing before the MPTS in relation to a number of allegations. These included competence allegations, issues with regard to communications with colleagues and allegations of dishonesty. Some of the allegations were admitted but most were denied. The allegations which were denied were successfully defended at the hearing. This included allegations of dishonesty. Detailed mitigation was presented in relation to those allegations which were admitted. The Tribunal found that our client’s fitness to practise was not impaired and as such no action was taken.
We acted for a doctor referred to the MPTS in relation to allegations of serious misconduct and allegations arising out of a serious clinical incident. The GMC also alleged that our client had acted dishonestly in relation to a number of matters. The allegations relating to clinical matters were, for the most part, admitted. The allegations of dishonesty were denied and were successfully defended at the hearing. Our client was made the subject of a conditions of practice order in relation to the clinical matters which had been admitted.
Our lawyers acted for a doctor in relation to an application for restoration to the Medical Register. Our client had been erased at an earlier hearing following findings of dishonesty. We assisted our client in the preparation of a detailed reflective statement and supporting documents. The Tribunal was satisfied that our client had developed full insight and the application for restoration was granted.
Under investigation by GMC
If you are under investigation by the General Medical Council or you have been referred to a hearing before the MPTS, please contact our specialist lawyers without delay either by calling us on 0161 696 6250 or by completing our online enquiry form.
Professional Discipline & Fitness to Practise Lawyers
Head of Regulatory Law Carl Johnson talks about the role his team take in professional discipline and fitness to practise issues. Carl discusses the sort of cases the team at Stephensons can handle, the possible outcomes of professional discipline investigations and why legal advice is vital.
"This area of law involves cases which are often highly emotionally charged. For a professional to be under scrutiny by their regulator or professional body that can create a lot of stress, a lot of anxiety and put clients under a lot of pressure. A specialist lawyer provides a much needed barrier between the professional and their regulator and can help absorb some of that pressure and stress, and that's an important service that we provide to our clients." - Carl Johnson
staff reorder - professional discipline
- Carl Johnson
- Sean Joyce
- Laura Hannah
- Paul Loughlin
- Francesca Snape
- Chloe Parish
- Cameron Stubbs