The Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS) has now taken over all fitness to practise cases relating to doctors registered with the General Medical Council (GMC). A doctor who has had an allegation made against him in relation to his fitness to practise is entitled to seek legal advice and representation.
If you are in this position and face a Fitness to Practice hearing before the MPTS, it is important that you seek specialist legal advice as soon as possible. Our team of solicitors are experienced in representing doctors before the General Medical Council (GMC) and MPTS and can therefore offer the advice you need at this difficult and stressful time.
To speak to one of our experts, call us on 0845 2870688 or alternatively, you can email us.
What Complaints can Result in a Fitness to Practice Hearing?
The legislation sets out a number of ways in which a doctor’s fitness to practise may be impaired:
- serious professional misconduct;
- seriously deficient performance;
- a criminal conviction or caution in the UK;
- adverse physical or mental health;
- a determination by a regulatory body either in the UK or overseas.
If a complaint has been made against you and the matter has been referred for hearing, it is important that you seek representation. Our specialist solicitors are trained in MPTS law and regularly represent doctors at Fitness to Practise panel hearings.
Fitness to Practice Hearings – Possible Outcomes
During an MPTS hearing, the panel can decide to place various sanctions on a doctor’s ability to practise. They are able to:
- place conditions on a doctor’s registration;
- suspend the doctor’s name from the medical register;
- remove the doctor’s name from the medical register.
Our solicitors appreciate how much is at stake and will ensure that your case is presented to the panel in the most effective way. We understand that facing a MPTS hearing can be traumatic and will do everything in our power to put you at ease and provide you with the best possible representation at the hearing.
Our solicitors are conversant in all GMC procedure and conveniently have offices based in central Manchester, close to the hearing centre.