GMC case studies - fitness to practise

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 under investigation by the GMC or you have been referred to a hearing, please contact our specialist fitness to practise lawyers on 0203 816 9274 without delay. 

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 referred to the GMC in relation to several allegations ranging from poor clinical performance to dishonesty. We made detailed written submissions at the Rule 7 Stage maintaining that there was no realistic prospect of a finding that out client’s fitness to practise was impaired. The case examiners dismissed the case against our client.

Our lawyers acted for a doctor facing investigation following a complaint by a private patient regarding a private 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 and no action was taken against our client’s registration.

Our lawyers represented a doctor facing multiple complaints of financial misconduct and dishonesty. We represented our client at a number of Interim Orders Panel hearings and a meeting at the GMC’s offices to discuss the allegations. Following this, written submissions were made at the Rule 7 stage which resulted in the allegations of dishonesty being withdrawn. The case was concluded with a warning.

Our lawyers acted for a doctor referred to the GMC following a serious clinical error which led 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 advised a doctor facing investigation following an application for specialist registration. It was alleged that aspects of the application were dishonest. We assisted our client in preparing a detailed response at the outset of the investigation which clarified the issues which had been raised. The investigation was closed by the GMC and no action was taken against our client.

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.

 

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