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Successfully represented a training doctor at a GMC review hearing

15 November 2010

Our Professional Discipline & Regulation team acted for a young training doctor who was the subject of a complaint to the General Medical Council (GMC) in relation to a range of concerns about his performance.

At an initial hearing before the GMC’s interim order panel, when the doctor was unrepresented, he was made the subject of an interim order imposing conditions on his ability to practise pending outcome of the full investigation of his complaint.

He instructed our Professional Discipline & Regulation team to represent him at the first review hearing, by which time, unfortunately, further concerns had been reported to the GMC. Our team advised him that he was now at risk of the panel increasing the order to a full suspension from practice.  

However, we represented the doctor at the hearing and were able to satisfy the panel that a move to full suspension would be disproportionate. They could be reassured as to the doctor's continuing efforts to comply with the conditions imposed on him, which were adequate to ensure the public were protected.