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GMC Defence

We have a team of dedicated lawyers who are committed to defending doctors in proceedings brought by the General Medical Council.

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If you find yourself in the unfortunate position of facing a GMC investigation or you have been called to a fitness to practise hearing, it is vital that you seek specialist legal representation. We will provide you with the best possible defence to refute the allegations and safeguard your reputation. We pride ourselves on achieving the best possible outcome for our clients who we appreciate are at risk of a loss of livelihood and we understand the need for urgent specialist advice.

We understand the investigation process can be daunting and we offer guidance and reassurance from the outset. The GMC investigates all allegations made against doctors which includes concerns relating to serious professional misconduct, ill-health, or seriously deficient performance and lack of knowledge of English Language.

Our lawyers regularly act for doctors at all stages of proceedings brought by the GMC, including:

  • Providing specialist advice during initial referral and investigation
  • Preparation of responses to the allegations at the Rule 7 stage of a GMC investigation
  • Advising on the suitability of warnings and undertakings
  • Representation at Investigation Committee Hearings
  • Representation at Interim Orders Panel Hearings before the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS)
  • Representation at Fitness to Practice Panel Hearings before the MPTS

Some GMC investigations are broad, while other investigations are narrow in scope. Possible sanctions available at the end of fitness to practice proceedings include:

  • Case closed with no further action
  • Case closed with advice
  • Case closed with a formal warning
  • Case can be closed following agreed undertakings
  • Conditions can be imposed on the registration of a doctor
  • A doctor can be suspended
  • A doctor can be erased from the register

Our expertise in this area is wide-ranging and we have experience of dealing with a variety of allegations, including:

  • Serious clinical incidents
  • Surgical errors
  • Prescribing errors
  • Diagnostic errors
  • Poor treatment management
  • Financial misconduct or fraud both within and outside of clinical practice
  • Dishonesty/probity concerns
  • Sexually-motivated misconduct, relating to both colleagues and patients
  • Drug & alcohol dependency
  • Poor communication/linguistic skills
  • Impairment on the basis of mental health
  • Breaches of agreed undertakings
  • Breaches of interim conditions of practice
  • Criminal convictions

It is imperative that you seek specialist legal advice before responding to correspondence from the GMC. Any response which is made needs to be carefully considered in order to protect your interests and to avoid prejudicing your defence.

Our services are offered on a fixed fee basis, ranging from £350 – £750 plus VAT where cases have not yet been referred to the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service.

Contact us today for a free initial consultation to find out more about how we can help you.

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