GMC Investigations / Hearings
At ABV Solicitors we have a wealth of experience in dealing with healthcare regulators and representing doctors facing a wide range of allegations. We appreciate the stress that fitness to practice hearings can create and the significant impact it can have on your career.
Doctors must observe the ‘Good Medical Practice’ issued by the General Medical Council (GMC). Failure to do so can result in a GMC investigation and a Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS) fitness to practice panel hearing. This can lead to working conditions being imposed, the suspension from practice and even the permanent removal from the professional register.
Our regulatory team understands that such investigations must be treated with urgency and with extreme care. We have the experience to deal with the following:
- Criminal convictions
- Criminal allegations
- Misconduct in the course of practice
- Misconduct involving patients
- Misconduct involving colleagues
- Drug or alcohol dependency
- Clinical negligence
- Erroneous prescriptions
- Surgical errors
We are able to guide you through any of the following processes with a clear vision to protect your reputation and keep you in practice:
- Police Interviews
- Interviews with the NHS trust
- Fitness to practice investigations
- Responding to warnings
- MPTS Interim Orders Tribunal
- Responding to Rule 7 letters
- Investigation Committee Hearings
- Appealing to the High Court
If you have been made subject to a GMC investigation it is imperative you seek independent legal advice. You should not contact the GMC or respond in any way until you have done so. Anything you say to the GMC can be used against you and can potentially prejudice your case or damage your position. Once instructed we will be able to gather evidence, interview witnesses and prepare responses to the GMC and MPTS.
Investigations can run for several months. They may last even longer if a criminal investigation is taking place at the same time. Often expert evidence is required which can further delay matters.
Once the MPTS has made a decision we have 28 days to lodge an appeal to the High Court.
This is something that we have significant experience in. We also advise on appeals for individuals we did not represent during the investigation stage.
Contact our team for a consultation.