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Lawyer threatens action against GMC after undercover staff attended confidential discussions with her client

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g3672 (Published 03 June 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g3672
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

A solicitor has threatened legal action against the General Medical Council (GMC) after discovering that she and her client, who had made a complaint against a doctor, were shadowed on GMC premises by undercover security guards.

Melinda Nettleton alleged that her client’s case was prejudiced by the presence of the guards, whose real identity was known to the doctor, the barristers, and the committee deciding the outcome of the case—but not to her or her client.

Nettleton claimed that the man and woman, who said that they were doing work experience, listened in on conversations between her and her client, which should have been protected by legal privilege. The GMC admitted having used security …

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