​We are leading General Medical Council (GMC) Defence barristers specialising in healthcare law and defence and have gained an excellent reputation for representing and defending doctors facing GMC proceedings.

We have gained a reputation for being “hands on” giving direct and realistic advice.

Expertise

Because of our experience in the criminal courts and other adversarial tribunals our special expertise is at contested hearings. However good strategy has meant that more often our clients are not even reaching that stage of proceedings.

We have acted on behalf of doctors working in a variety of settings and at a variety of levels from medical students through to consultant level. Our experience include acting for doctors facing concerns raised about their practice because of health, poor practice or misconduct. We advise in the early stages of an investigation or referral to GMC Fitness to Practise proceedings.

What we do:

  • GMC fitness to practise referrals
  • GMC fitness to practise hearings
  • Appeals against a MPTS Tribunal determination
  • MPTS Interim Order hearings
  • Appeals against a MPTS Interim Orders Tribunal determination
  • Preparing your case before the Case Examiners
  • Help with the decision of the Case Examiners
  • Help with voluntary removal
  • Registration advice
  • Appeal against refusal of registration
  • Restoration to the Register
  • Investigation and disciplinary hearings at work
  • Criminal investigation and proceedings
  • Police cautions
  • DBS [Disclosure and Barring Service] issues

Contact us for an initial free and no obligation consultation on 0207 060 1983 or Stephen.McCaffrey@kingsviewchambers.com.

Fitness to practise

When a complaint is made about a doctor, the General Medical Council (GMC) may investigate the doctor’s conduct to establish whether there has been a breach of the professional standards set by the GMC.

If the GMC decides to investigate the complaint the doctor is notified, given details of the complaint and invited to comment on the incident at this stage.
During the investigation, the GMC will gather all the relevant evidence that could include taking evidence from the person or body who made the complaint, any witnesses, the doctor’s employer.

If the GMC believes that the conduct of a doctor poses an immediate risk to the public, it can call an interim order tribunal hearing. The tribunal can restrict or suspend a doctor’s work while the investigation is ongoing.

At the conclusion of the investigation, the GMC will do one of the following:
•    take no further action
•    issue a warning
•    set out actions to be taken
•    pass the matter to the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS) for a fitness to practise hearing

If the complaint is referred to the MPTS, the tribunal will examine the evidence, determine whether there is a problem with the doctor’s fitness to practise and, if relevant, deliver a sanction.