All doctors whether fully qualified or in training are required to be registered with the General Medical Council (GMC). If a complaint is made in relation to a doctor in the UK the GMC will exercise its regulatory function and decide whether to refer the doctor to a Fitness to Practise Panel hearing with the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS).
If a complaint has been made against you it is important that you seek legal advice from a solicitor who has experience in representing clients at GMC hearings as soon as possible. Our solicitors understand that having your fitness to practise investigated can be a stressful and difficult time. We have successfully defended many professional in all types of professional disciplinary proceedings and as such will be able to advise and guide you through each step of the process.
To speak to a solicitor about a pending GMC investigation or MPTS hearing, call 0845 287 0688 or alternatively, you can email us and an expert in this area will respond to your enquiry at the earliest opportunity.
If an allegation is made regarding your fitness to practise the GMC will notify you prior to conducting an investigation. You will be sent a GMC Rule 4 letter which will outline the nature of the allegation.
GMC Case Examiners carry out the investigation and towards the latter stages they will issue you with a GCM Rule 7 letter. This sets out the evidence and allegations made against you. You will be given 28 days to prepare a substantive response which will be taken into account when the decision is being made as to the outcome of the investigation.
Our expert solicitors can advise you on the evidence which should be submitted to the Case Examiners and can assist you with written submissions in response to a Rule 7 letter. Our experienced team of solicitors appreciate that every case has its own facts and we will be able to advise on the best course of action for your individual circumstances.
Once your response has been submitted, the Case Examiners make a decision on the outcome of their investigation. They are able to:
- close a case without action;
- issue a warning;
- impose or accept undertakings; or
- refer the matter for a MPTS Fitness to Practise hearing.
During a MPTS hearing, a panel will consider all of the evidence and make a decision on whether your fitness to practise is impaired. Our solicitors will ensure that your case is well prepared and that the correct information protecting your interests is presented to the panel.
Our lawyers have a great deal of knowledge and are experienced in representing doctors at Fitness to Practise hearings.