Appeal court reinstates GMC penalties on two doctors

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 25 January 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:177
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
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    The Court of Appeal for England and Wales has reinstated severe penalties imposed by the General Medical Council on two doctors found guilty of serious professional misconduct after they were reduced by the High Court.

    The important judgment, delivered last week, confirms that the test for judges in deciding whether the GMC got the penalty wrong is unchanged, although appeals now go to the High Court instead of the Privy Council.

    The three appeal court judges overturned rulings by the High Court judge Mr Justice Collins, which had substituted one month's suspension for 12 months in one case, and 12 months' suspension for erasure in the other. Lord Justice Chadwick, Lord Justice …

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