UK doctors commonly face fitness to practise hearings without legal representation

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 22 April 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g2850
  1. Justin Cash
  1. 1London

More than 4 in 10 doctors who were investigated for fitness to practise last year did not have legal representation during their hearings, a freedom of information request to the General Medical Council (GMC) has found.

Of the 342 fitness to practise panel hearings that took place in 2013 the doctor involved was not represented at 146. At a further four panels the doctor was represented for only part of the proceedings.

In nearly a third (108) of the panel hearings the doctor under investigation was not even present in person or was present for only part of the review.

Doctors who are referred to the GMC must belong to …

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