GMC can continue to strike off doctors who miss hearings, appeal court rules

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: (Published 22 March 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i1695
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

The General Medical Council has defeated a legal challenge to rules under which scores of doctors every year are struck off the medical register in the doctor’s absence.

The UK medical regulator has successfully appealed against two High Court rulings quashing decisions to erase two doctors from the register who did not attend their own hearings.

Three appeal court judges overturned the High Court decisions that the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service was wrong to proceed with hearings in the cases of Olufemi Adeogba and Evangelos-Efstathios Visvardis in the doctors’ absence.

The GMC rarely appeals against High Court rulings quashing such panel decisions, …

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