If your fitness to practice as a doctor has been called into question, the GMC will conduct an investigation, which can lead to your case being referred to the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service for a hearing. Following the hearing, the panel may decide to impose a sanction, such as to impose or accept undertakings, impose conditions, or order suspension or erasure. Such sanctions can severely impede on your career as a doctor, or in the case of suspension, from the GMC register, can of course end your career in medicine.
If the GMC have imposed a sanction on you, our solicitors can assist you in launching an appeal. Our team of defence lawyers specialise in representing clients who are the subject of professional disciplinary proceedings and have helped doctors facing MPTS hearings and investigations by the GMC on numerous occasions.
For a free of charge initial discussion about appealing a GMC decision, please do not hesitate to contact us on 0845 287 0688 or alternatively you can send us an online enquiry.
How to Appeal a GMC Decision
As a doctor you have a right of appeal against any decision which has been made regarding your fitness to practice. Papers must be filed at the appropriate court within 28 days of you being notified of the panel decision. The relevant court in England and Wales is the High Court of Justice.
At Farleys, our solicitors are experienced in representing clients at MPTS hearings and appeals. Our solicitors are conversant with both the Civil Procedure Rules 1998 which will govern your appeal and all GMC procedures.
Once an appeal has been lodged, no sanction imposed by the MPTS panel will take effect unless an ‘immediate’ order has been imposed.
Possible Outcomes of Appeals Against GMC Decisions
If your case proceeds to court on appeal the judge can:
- dismiss the appeal;
- allow the appeal, in whole or in part, and quash the relevant decision;
- substitute for the direction or variation appealed against any other direction or variation which could have been given by the panel;
- refer the case to the Registrar of the General Medical Council for him to refer it to a fitness to practise panel to dispose of the case in accordance with the directions of the court.