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GMC Defence and Medical Practitioner Tribunal Service (MPTS) Defence

We are instructed by the Medical Defence Union (MDU) to defend their doctor members who are facing various types of proceedings which include

  • Fitness to Practice proceedings brought by the General Medical Council (GMC) before the Medical Practitioner Tribunal Service (MPTS) which include
    • Interim Orders Panel hearings;
    • Rule 7 responses;
    • Fitness to Practice hearings; and
    • Review hearings

In addition to proceedings initiated by the GMC we are also instructed to represent Doctors in

    • Coroner's Inquests;
    • Criminal allegations at both the investigation and proceedings stages; and
    • Internal Disciplinary Proceedings

We also have experience of representing doctors in Deanery matters and before Specialist Training Committees including successful judicial reviews of Deanery decisions.

Since 2004 and the ramifications of Harold Shipman, the GMC have faced major upheaval. Their operation has been subject to extensive scrutiny, criticism and revision. As a result they have considerably adapted their procedures including redefining misconduct to cover "fitness to practice" and the standard of proof has been reduced from the criminal standard of "beyond a reasonable doubt" to the civil standard of "on the balance of probabilities". This has resulted in a huge increase in the number of cases being heard by Fitness to Practice Panels and Interim Orders Panels. Some consider the balance has been tipped too far the other way and that the impact on the practice of medicine has resulted in doctors practicing to much defensive medicine with an adverse impact on innovative or creative treatment methods. The number of cases brought by the GMC has led to financial pressures and the GMC have conducted pilots to streamline Fitness to Practice procedures and most recently "consensual disposals".

Medicine is a vocation to doctors and one of the most important things in their lives. When this comes under threat the consequences can be devastating. In view of our extensive experience acting for doctors with the MDU we are well placed to provide effective advice at an early stage to guide doctors through the stress and trauma of GMC proceedings. We have a good success rate at making representations at the early stages (called Rule 4 or Rule 7) which result in the GMC Case Examiners deciding the case does not need to be referred to a Fitness to Practice Panel at the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service. Even if you are not covered by a medical defence organisation we can act for you privately and use our experience to best protect your career. If you are facing GMC and/or MPTS proceedings and wish advice please call John Williams on 0207 407 2356 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Check out the following links/articles:-

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