High Court judge over-rules GMC decision not to proceed against GP

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 16 November 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:1037
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
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A GP caught up in a newspaper “sting” over sick notes faces a new disciplinary hearing before the General Medical Council. A high court judge ruled last week that a GMC fitness to practise panel was wrong to stop an earlier hearing going ahead.

The case breaks new ground in establishing that the Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence, the watchdog on the regulation of health professionals, has the power to challenge decisions to stay proceedings against doctors accused of wrongdoing, not just acquittals and lenient penalties.

The fitness to practise panel imposed a stay last January on disciplinary proceedings against Gurpinder Saluja, from Walthamstow, east London, after ruling he had been “pressurised” by …

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