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GMC appeals against three suspension decisions it says were too lenient

BMJ 2019; 366 doi: (Published 09 August 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;366:l5110
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

The General Medical Council is to mount appeals to the High Court against three decisions by medical practitioners tribunals that the regulator believes were too lenient to the doctors involved.

In all three cases, the GMC argued at the hearing, the doctor should have been struck off the medical register, but the tribunal decided to suspend each instead.

The cases being appealed are those of Robert Walton, a GP academic, Asef Zafar, a GP who wrote reports for accident cases, and Muhammad Saqib Saeed, who was a trainee neurologist.

The appeals will be the first to be brought by the GMC since the Court of Appeal ruled in August 2018 that the High Court, which struck the trainee paediatrician Hadiza Bawa-Garba off the medical …

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