Doctors challenge fairness of composition of NHS disciplinary panels

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 18 October 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c5834
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

Three hospital doctors who were accused of misconduct by their employing trusts are challenging the composition of NHS disciplinary panels, which they say have too few independent members to guarantee them an impartial hearing.

The decisions in the three cases, which are set to be heard in two separate hearings at the High Court and Court of Appeal, could have important implications for the way NHS employers deal with disciplinary cases against doctors.

The three allege that the panels that hear conduct cases under the Department of Health’s maintaining high professional standards (MHPS) procedure, which are required to …

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