GMC hearing against GP who ran out of hours was “disastrous,” says judge

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 16 January 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g267
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

The High Court has refused an application by the General Medical Council (GMC) to extend a GP’s interim suspension to four and a half years pending the resolution of a misconduct case against him, and criticised the regulator for “unconscionable delay.”

Judge Mark Pelling said that the GMC made the application after a “disastrous” hearing that started last June in the case of Ravi Sondhi, former director of the out of hours service Croydoc. The hearing was scheduled to last for 30 days but only nine days’ worth of evidence was heard in that time.1

The GMC was obliged to relist the rest of the case to be heard in various …

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