Doctors

Legal representation for doctors Leeds

Our expert Employment Solicitors Leeds offer specialist representation for doctors in all cases presented by the General Medical Council (GMC)

The Regulatory Process

The following guidelines describe the disciplinary process as outlined by the General Medical Council.

Investigation

The General Medical Council will seek out evidence from the doctor’s employer and expert witnesses where medical issues are in question. The doctor will also be permitted to offer information regarding the accusations at any point in the proceedings. By gathering this information, the doctor’s behaviour and performance will be assessed.

If deemed appropriate, the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service can sanction an interim suspension order to restrict the doctor from practising throughout the duration of the investigation.

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The case examiners or investigation committee may administer one of the following actions on completion of the investigation:

  • Take no further action
  • Issue a warning
  • Agree on an appropriate action for the doctor to take to address the issue, for example, restrictions on the doctor’s practice; practice under supervision; or retraining
  • Refer the case to the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service for a full hearing

Hearing

A panel for the hearing will be made up of medical and lay members, to receive the full presentation of the doctor’s defence including all evidence and witnesses if relevant, and will take place in front of the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service Fitness to Practice panel.

Decision

If the doctor is found guilty of the issues brought against them by the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service, and their fitness to practice has been diminished, they can proceed with one of the following actions:

  • Issue a warning where the General Medical Council will disclose the information to employers or enquirers for the proceeding 5 years
  • Impose conditions on the doctor’s registration whereby they must only work under appropriate supervision
  • Restrict the doctor to working only in certain areas of practice
  • Suspend the doctor from the medical register and prohibit them from working for a set period of time
  • Remove the doctor from the medical register, prohibiting them from working as a doctor in the UK for a minimum of 5 years—possibly permanently

Appeal

The doctor can appeal against any decision or judgement to the High Court, as long as he does so within 28 days of the decision.

Internal disciplinary proceedings

We also represent any doctor involved in cases of internal disciplinary proceedings being carried out by their employer or line manager.

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If you are subject to proceedings carried out by the General Medical Council in respect to your role as a doctor, please contact us on 0113 4334 118, or complete the form on our enquiry page. One of our dedicated team will contact you as soon as possible to discuss your case, possible outcomes and all of your available options.

Our Team

Louise Carr

Louise Carr

Our team is headed up by Louise Carr who had specialised in employment law for more than 15 years. She regularly appears in the employment tribunal and has been particularly involved in dealing with complex multi-day discrimination claims.

Craig McCracken

Craig McCracken

Craig McCracken is a Director in our employment team who also specialises in employment law with over 14 years’ experience in dealing with both contentious and non-contentious matters.In the most recent Legal 500 clients described Louise as being “accessible and down to earth” providing “clear and concise advice…in an exceptionally personable way”. Craig was described as “very knowledgeable and approachable” giving “sound advice”.