GMC investigations

Anne Ball

Senior Partner & LEAD CONTACT
  • Manchester
  • Clinical negligence, criminal defence
  • 0161 234 2402
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General Medical Council investigations – how we can help as GMC defence lawyers

In order to practise medicine in the UK all doctors must register with the General Medical Council (GMC). With the power to grant registration, a General Medical Council investigation has the power to take it away.

As specialist GMC defence lawyers, we have years of experience of defending doctors facing fitness to practise investigations by the GMC. You may have been asked to submit a written response to a complaint, or have been summoned to a hearing before the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS). Our team of GMC defence lawyers for doctors has the expertise to help you through what can be a daunting process.

Rule 7/Case Examiner responses

If you are contacted by the GMC and asked to submit a written response to a complaint, it is vital that you take advice at the earliest stage. Often what is said in the initial response to a complaint shapes the remainder of the investigation – in particular, whether or not the case should be referred for a full, public hearing before a Medical Practitioners Tribunal (MPT). Through years of drafting such responses, our team of experienced GMC defence solicitors have achieved considerable success with helping doctors to bring GMC investigations to an early conclusion, avoiding a hearing before the MPT.

Interim Orders Tribunal (IOT) hearings

Frequently, at the very beginning of a GMC investigation, doctors are summoned to appear before an Interim Orders Tribunal (IOT) to decide if restrictions should be imposed on their registration whilst the investigation is ongoing. Such restrictions, if imposed, can have a devastating impact on a doctor’s ability to work and can remain in place for a considerable length of time. It is essential to ensure that you are legally represented at the hearing. Our GMC defence lawyers have considerable experience and have achieved many positive results at IOT hearings, either undertaking the advocacy ourselves, or working in conjunction with talented barristers who also specialise in the field.

Medical Practitioners Tribunals (Fitness to Practise Hearings)

Many GMC investigations will culminate in a hearing before a Medical Practitioners Tribunal (MPT). This will decide whether the allegations against a doctor are found proved, whether the doctor is fit to practice and, ultimately, whether to take action against the doctor’s registration. If you are summoned to such a hearing, it is essential that you are properly advised and robustly represented to secure the best possible outcome. We have a proven track record in successfully defending doctors at MPT hearings and have established ourselves as leaders in the field. Contact us to ensure you have the best chance of achieving the right result.

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