Signature

A K Galloway

Clerk of the Privy Council

Arrangement of Rules

Citation and commencement

1

SCHEDULE  The General Medical Council (Registration Appeals Panels Procedure) Rules 2005

The General Medical Council, in exercise of its powers under paragraph 3(1) of Schedule 3B to the Medical Act 1983 and of all other powers enabling it in that behalf, and having consulted such bodies of persons representing medical practitioners, or medical practitioners of any description, as appeared to it requisite to be consulted pursuant to paragraph 3(8) of Schedule 3B to that Act, hereby makes the following Rules:—

Arrangement of Rules

1    Citation and commencement

2    Interpretation

3    Notice of hearing

4    Documents

5    Procedure at the hearing

6    Cost orders

7    Adjournment

8    Representation

9    Absence of the appellant

10    Evidence

11    Public and private hearings

12    Voting

13    Service

Citation and commencement

1

These Rules may be cited as the General Medical Council (Registration Appeals Panels Procedure) Rules 2005, and shall come into force on 1st April 2005.

Interpretation

2

In these Rules—

“the Act” means the Medical Act 1983;

“appealable decision” means an appealable registration decision under paragraph 2 of Schedule 3A to the Act (registration appeals) or a decision of a licensing authority under section 29F(1) of the Act (appeals);

“appeal” means an appeal against an appealable decision, and references to “the appellant” shall be construed accordingly;

“legal assessor” means a person appointed under paragraph 7 of Schedule 4 to the Act;

“Panel” means a Registration Appeals Panel constituted under rules made under paragraph 19C of Schedule 1 to the Act (registration appeals panels);

“party” means the practitioner or the General Council (or their representatives), and references to “the parties” shall be construed accordingly;

“the Presenting Officer” means the representative of the General Council instructed by the Registrar to present the case on behalf of the General Council at any hearing before a Panel, and may include solicitor or counsel;

“registration number” means the unique identification number recorded against a registered medical practitioner's name in the relevant register kept by the Registrar under section 2 of the Act; and

“regulatory body” shall be construed in accordance with section 35C(9) of the Act (functions of the investigation committee).

Notice of hearing

3

(1)    The Registrar shall serve a notice of hearing on the appellant—

(a)    as soon as reasonably practicable following receipt of a notice of appeal under paragraph 4(2) of Schedule 3A to the Act (appeals from appealable registration decisions) or paragraph 1 of Schedule 3B to the Act (manner of, and time for, appealing); and

(b)    no less than 28 days before the date of the hearing.

(2)    The notice of hearing shall—

(a)    specify the date, time and venue of the hearing;

(b)    inform the appellant of his right to attend the hearing and to be represented at it in accordance with rule 8;

(c)    inform the appellant of the power of the Panel to proceed in his absence under rule 9;

(d)    inform the appellant of his right to adduce evidence in accordance with rule 10; and

(e)    inform the appellant of the Panel's powers of disposal under paragraph 4(8) of Schedule 3A to the Act or paragraph 5 of Schedule 3B to the Act (powers of Registration Appeals Panels disposing of an appeal), as appropriate.

(3)    Following service of a notice of hearing under this Rule, the Registrar may, provided that he gives the appellant no less than 7 days' notice, alter the precise time and venue of the hearing.

Documents

4

Before the hearing, the Registrar shall provide the Panel with copies of—

(a)    the appealable decision;

(b)    any documents and advice considered by the person making the appealable decision; and

(c)    where a hearing was held before a Registration Decisions Panel, a copy of any transcript or note taken of those proceedings.

Procedure at the hearing

5

The order of proceedings at the hearing shall be as follows—

(a)    the Panel shall hear and consider any preliminary legal arguments;

(b)    the Chairman of the Panel shall—

(i)    where the appellant is present, require him to confirm his name and, where appropriate, his registration number, or

(ii)    otherwise, require the Presenting Officer to confirm the appellant's name and, where appropriate, the appellant's registration number;

(c)    the Presenting Officer shall—

(i)    address the Panel regarding the background to the appeal, and

(ii)    direct the attention of the Panel to any relevant evidence, including any transcripts of previous hearings relating to the decision that is subject to appeal;

(d)    the appellant may address the Panel on the grounds and reasons for his appeal;

(e)    where the Panel decides to receive oral evidence, witnesses shall be required to take an oath or to affirm, and—

(i)    shall first be examined by the party calling them,

(ii)    may then be cross-examined by the opposing party,

(iii)    may then be re-examined by the party calling them, and

(iv)    may at any time be questioned by the Panel;

(f)    the Panel may receive further evidence and hear any further submissions from the parties; and

(g)    the Panel shall then consider and announce its decision on the appeal and shall give reasons for its decision.

Cost orders

6

(1)    The Panel may, of its own motion or upon the application of a party to the proceedings—

(a)    order that a party should pay all of the other party's reasonable costs of the appeal, or such part of the other party's reasonable costs of the appeal as may be specified in the order;

(b)    determine the amount of costs to be paid under such order; and

(c)    determine the period within which any such costs must be paid.

(2)    Unless it is unable to do so in the particular circumstances of the case, each party shall, no less than 24 hours before the hearing, serve upon the other party a schedule particularising its costs of the appeal.

(3)    When determining whether to make an order for costs, the Panel shall take into account—

(a)    any evidence adduced or submissions made by the parties in relation to the matters for consideration under paragraph (1); and

(b)    any schedule of costs served in accordance with paragraph (2).

(4)    The Panel shall consider and announce any decision it makes in relation to an order for costs under this rule, and shall give reasons for its decision.

Adjournment

7

The Panel may at any time, whether of its own motion or upon the application of a party, adjourn the proceedings until such time and date as it thinks fit.

Representation

8

(1)    At a hearing, the appellant may be represented by—

(a)    a solicitor or counsel;

(b)    a representative from any professional organisation of which he is a member; or

(c)    at the discretion of the Panel, a member of his family or other person.

(2)    A person who gives evidence at a hearing shall not be entitled to represent or accompany the appellant at that hearing.

Absence of the appellant

9

Where the appellant is neither present nor represented at a hearing, the Panel may nevertheless proceed to consider and determine the appeal if it is satisfied that all reasonable efforts have been made to serve the appellant with notice of the hearing in accordance with these Rules.

Evidence

10

(1)    Subject to paragraphs (2) and (3), the Panel may admit any evidence they consider fair and relevant to the case before them, whether or not such evidence would be admissible in a court of law.

(2)    Where evidence would not be admissible in criminal proceedings in England, the Panel shall not admit such evidence unless, on the advice of the legal assessor, they are satisfied that their duty of making due inquiry into the case before them makes its admission desirable.

(3)    No person shall give oral evidence at the hearing unless the Panel considers such evidence is desirable to enable it to discharge its functions.

(4)    Production of a certificate purporting to be under the hand of a competent officer of a Court in the United Kingdom or overseas that a person has been convicted of a criminal offence or, in Scotland, an extract conviction, shall be conclusive evidence of the offence committed.

(5)    Production of a certificate signed by an officer of a regulatory body that has made a determination about the fitness to practise of a person shall be conclusive evidence of the facts found proved in relation to that determination.

(6)    The only evidence which may be adduced by the appellant in rebuttal of a conviction or determination certified in the manner specified in paragraph (4) or (5) is evidence for the purposes of proving that he is not the person referred to in the certificate or extract.

(7)    The appellant may admit a fact or description of a fact, and a fact or description of a fact so admitted may be treated as proved.

(8)    A copy of a document of which the original is admissible may be received by the Panel without strict proof.

Public and private hearings

11

(1)    The Panel shall sit in private, unless an appellant requests it to sit in public.

(2)    The Panel shall deliberate in the absence of the parties.

(3)    Where a Panel sits in public it may, of its own volition or upon the application of a witness or any of the parties, exclude the public for any part of the proceedings provided that it is satisfied that—

(a)    a decision to exclude the public causes no prejudice to the appellant; and

(b)    the decision is made after hearing representations from the parties.

(4)    The Panel may exclude from the whole or part of any hearing, any person whose conduct, in its opinion, has disrupted or is likely to disrupt the proceedings.

Voting

12

(1)    Decisions of the Panel shall be taken by simple majority.

(2)    The Chairman of the Panel shall not have a casting vote.

(3)    No member of the Panel may abstain from voting.

(4)    Where the votes are equal, the Panel shall decide the issue against the appellant.

Service

13

(1)    Any notice required to be given to the appellant in these Rules shall be served in accordance with paragraph 6 of Schedule 3A to the Act (notices).

(2)    If the appellant is represented by a solicitor, any such notice shall also be served at the solicitor's practising address.

(3)    The service of any notice under these Rules may be proved by—

(a)    a confirmation of posting issued by or on behalf of the Post Office, or other postal operator or delivery service; or

(b)    a signed statement from any person serving the notice by hand.

Given under the official seal of the General Medical Council this 25th day of January 2005

Graeme Catto

President

NOTES
Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 1 April 2005: see Preamble.

Professions & Ethics98 Health Professions98 Health Law98

Interpretation

2

SCHEDULE  The General Medical Council (Registration Appeals Panels Procedure) Rules 2005

The General Medical Council, in exercise of its powers under paragraph 3(1) of Schedule 3B to the Medical Act 1983 and of all other powers enabling it in that behalf, and having consulted such bodies of persons representing medical practitioners, or medical practitioners of any description, as appeared to it requisite to be consulted pursuant to paragraph 3(8) of Schedule 3B to that Act, hereby makes the following Rules:—

Arrangement of Rules

1    Citation and commencement

2    Interpretation

3    Notice of hearing

4    Documents

5    Procedure at the hearing

6    Cost orders

7    Adjournment

8    Representation

9    Absence of the appellant

10    Evidence

11    Public and private hearings

12    Voting

13    Service

Citation and commencement

1

These Rules may be cited as the General Medical Council (Registration Appeals Panels Procedure) Rules 2005, and shall come into force on 1st April 2005.

Interpretation

2

In these Rules—

“the Act” means the Medical Act 1983;

“appealable decision” means an appealable registration decision under paragraph 2 of Schedule 3A to the Act (registration appeals) or a decision of a licensing authority under section 29F(1) of the Act (appeals);

“appeal” means an appeal against an appealable decision, and references to “the appellant” shall be construed accordingly;

“legal assessor” means a person appointed under paragraph 7 of Schedule 4 to the Act;

“Panel” means a Registration Appeals Panel constituted under rules made under paragraph 19C of Schedule 1 to the Act (registration appeals panels);

“party” means the practitioner or the General Council (or their representatives), and references to “the parties” shall be construed accordingly;

“the Presenting Officer” means the representative of the General Council instructed by the Registrar to present the case on behalf of the General Council at any hearing before a Panel, and may include solicitor or counsel;

“registration number” means the unique identification number recorded against a registered medical practitioner's name in the relevant register kept by the Registrar under section 2 of the Act; and

“regulatory body” shall be construed in accordance with section 35C(9) of the Act (functions of the investigation committee).

Notice of hearing

3

(1)    The Registrar shall serve a notice of hearing on the appellant—

(a)    as soon as reasonably practicable following receipt of a notice of appeal under paragraph 4(2) of Schedule 3A to the Act (appeals from appealable registration decisions) or paragraph 1 of Schedule 3B to the Act (manner of, and time for, appealing); and

(b)    no less than 28 days before the date of the hearing.

(2)    The notice of hearing shall—

(a)    specify the date, time and venue of the hearing;

(b)    inform the appellant of his right to attend the hearing and to be represented at it in accordance with rule 8;

(c)    inform the appellant of the power of the Panel to proceed in his absence under rule 9;

(d)    inform the appellant of his right to adduce evidence in accordance with rule 10; and

(e)    inform the appellant of the Panel's powers of disposal under paragraph 4(8) of Schedule 3A to the Act or paragraph 5 of Schedule 3B to the Act (powers of Registration Appeals Panels disposing of an appeal), as appropriate.

(3)    Following service of a notice of hearing under this Rule, the Registrar may, provided that he gives the appellant no less than 7 days' notice, alter the precise time and venue of the hearing.

Documents

4

Before the hearing, the Registrar shall provide the Panel with copies of—

(a)    the appealable decision;

(b)    any documents and advice considered by the person making the appealable decision; and

(c)    where a hearing was held before a Registration Decisions Panel, a copy of any transcript or note taken of those proceedings.

Procedure at the hearing

5

The order of proceedings at the hearing shall be as follows—

(a)    the Panel shall hear and consider any preliminary legal arguments;

(b)    the Chairman of the Panel shall—

(i)    where the appellant is present, require him to confirm his name and, where appropriate, his registration number, or

(ii)    otherwise, require the Presenting Officer to confirm the appellant's name and, where appropriate, the appellant's registration number;

(c)    the Presenting Officer shall—

(i)    address the Panel regarding the background to the appeal, and

(ii)    direct the attention of the Panel to any relevant evidence, including any transcripts of previous hearings relating to the decision that is subject to appeal;

(d)    the appellant may address the Panel on the grounds and reasons for his appeal;

(e)    where the Panel decides to receive oral evidence, witnesses shall be required to take an oath or to affirm, and—

(i)    shall first be examined by the party calling them,

(ii)    may then be cross-examined by the opposing party,

(iii)    may then be re-examined by the party calling them, and

(iv)    may at any time be questioned by the Panel;

(f)    the Panel may receive further evidence and hear any further submissions from the parties; and

(g)    the Panel shall then consider and announce its decision on the appeal and shall give reasons for its decision.

Cost orders

6

(1)    The Panel may, of its own motion or upon the application of a party to the proceedings—

(a)    order that a party should pay all of the other party's reasonable costs of the appeal, or such part of the other party's reasonable costs of the appeal as may be specified in the order;

(b)    determine the amount of costs to be paid under such order; and

(c)    determine the period within which any such costs must be paid.

(2)    Unless it is unable to do so in the particular circumstances of the case, each party shall, no less than 24 hours before the hearing, serve upon the other party a schedule particularising its costs of the appeal.

(3)    When determining whether to make an order for costs, the Panel shall take into account—

(a)    any evidence adduced or submissions made by the parties in relation to the matters for consideration under paragraph (1); and

(b)    any schedule of costs served in accordance with paragraph (2).

(4)    The Panel shall consider and announce any decision it makes in relation to an order for costs under this rule, and shall give reasons for its decision.

Adjournment

7

The Panel may at any time, whether of its own motion or upon the application of a party, adjourn the proceedings until such time and date as it thinks fit.

Representation

8

(1)    At a hearing, the appellant may be represented by—

(a)    a solicitor or counsel;

(b)    a representative from any professional organisation of which he is a member; or

(c)    at the discretion of the Panel, a member of his family or other person.

(2)    A person who gives evidence at a hearing shall not be entitled to represent or accompany the appellant at that hearing.

Absence of the appellant

9

Where the appellant is neither present nor represented at a hearing, the Panel may nevertheless proceed to consider and determine the appeal if it is satisfied that all reasonable efforts have been made to serve the appellant with notice of the hearing in accordance with these Rules.

Evidence

10

(1)    Subject to paragraphs (2) and (3), the Panel may admit any evidence they consider fair and relevant to the case before them, whether or not such evidence would be admissible in a court of law.

(2)    Where evidence would not be admissible in criminal proceedings in England, the Panel shall not admit such evidence unless, on the advice of the legal assessor, they are satisfied that their duty of making due inquiry into the case before them makes its admission desirable.

(3)    No person shall give oral evidence at the hearing unless the Panel considers such evidence is desirable to enable it to discharge its functions.

(4)    Production of a certificate purporting to be under the hand of a competent officer of a Court in the United Kingdom or overseas that a person has been convicted of a criminal offence or, in Scotland, an extract conviction, shall be conclusive evidence of the offence committed.

(5)    Production of a certificate signed by an officer of a regulatory body that has made a determination about the fitness to practise of a person shall be conclusive evidence of the facts found proved in relation to that determination.

(6)    The only evidence which may be adduced by the appellant in rebuttal of a conviction or determination certified in the manner specified in paragraph (4) or (5) is evidence for the purposes of proving that he is not the person referred to in the certificate or extract.

(7)    The appellant may admit a fact or description of a fact, and a fact or description of a fact so admitted may be treated as proved.

(8)    A copy of a document of which the original is admissible may be received by the Panel without strict proof.

Public and private hearings

11

(1)    The Panel shall sit in private, unless an appellant requests it to sit in public.

(2)    The Panel shall deliberate in the absence of the parties.

(3)    Where a Panel sits in public it may, of its own volition or upon the application of a witness or any of the parties, exclude the public for any part of the proceedings provided that it is satisfied that—

(a)    a decision to exclude the public causes no prejudice to the appellant; and

(b)    the decision is made after hearing representations from the parties.

(4)    The Panel may exclude from the whole or part of any hearing, any person whose conduct, in its opinion, has disrupted or is likely to disrupt the proceedings.

Voting

12

(1)    Decisions of the Panel shall be taken by simple majority.

(2)    The Chairman of the Panel shall not have a casting vote.

(3)    No member of the Panel may abstain from voting.

(4)    Where the votes are equal, the Panel shall decide the issue against the appellant.

Service

13

(1)    Any notice required to be given to the appellant in these Rules shall be served in accordance with paragraph 6 of Schedule 3A to the Act (notices).

(2)    If the appellant is represented by a solicitor, any such notice shall also be served at the solicitor's practising address.

(3)    The service of any notice under these Rules may be proved by—

(a)    a confirmation of posting issued by or on behalf of the Post Office, or other postal operator or delivery service; or

(b)    a signed statement from any person serving the notice by hand.

Given under the official seal of the General Medical Council this 25th day of January 2005

Graeme Catto

President

NOTES
Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 1 April 2005: see Preamble.

Professions & Ethics98 Health Professions98 Health Law98

Notice of hearing

3

SCHEDULE  The General Medical Council (Registration Appeals Panels Procedure) Rules 2005

The General Medical Council, in exercise of its powers under paragraph 3(1) of Schedule 3B to the Medical Act 1983 and of all other powers enabling it in that behalf, and having consulted such bodies of persons representing medical practitioners, or medical practitioners of any description, as appeared to it requisite to be consulted pursuant to paragraph 3(8) of Schedule 3B to that Act, hereby makes the following Rules:—

Arrangement of Rules

1    Citation and commencement

2    Interpretation

3    Notice of hearing

4    Documents

5    Procedure at the hearing

6    Cost orders

7    Adjournment

8    Representation

9    Absence of the appellant

10    Evidence

11    Public and private hearings

12    Voting

13    Service

Citation and commencement

1

These Rules may be cited as the General Medical Council (Registration Appeals Panels Procedure) Rules 2005, and shall come into force on 1st April 2005.

Interpretation

2

In these Rules—

“the Act” means the Medical Act 1983;

“appealable decision” means an appealable registration decision under paragraph 2 of Schedule 3A to the Act (registration appeals) or a decision of a licensing authority under section 29F(1) of the Act (appeals);

“appeal” means an appeal against an appealable decision, and references to “the appellant” shall be construed accordingly;

“legal assessor” means a person appointed under paragraph 7 of Schedule 4 to the Act;

“Panel” means a Registration Appeals Panel constituted under rules made under paragraph 19C of Schedule 1 to the Act (registration appeals panels);

“party” means the practitioner or the General Council (or their representatives), and references to “the parties” shall be construed accordingly;

“the Presenting Officer” means the representative of the General Council instructed by the Registrar to present the case on behalf of the General Council at any hearing before a Panel, and may include solicitor or counsel;

“registration number” means the unique identification number recorded against a registered medical practitioner's name in the relevant register kept by the Registrar under section 2 of the Act; and

“regulatory body” shall be construed in accordance with section 35C(9) of the Act (functions of the investigation committee).

Notice of hearing

3

(1)    The Registrar shall serve a notice of hearing on the appellant—

(a)    as soon as reasonably practicable following receipt of a notice of appeal under paragraph 4(2) of Schedule 3A to the Act (appeals from appealable registration decisions) or paragraph 1 of Schedule 3B to the Act (manner of, and time for, appealing); and

(b)    no less than 28 days before the date of the hearing.

(2)    The notice of hearing shall—

(a)    specify the date, time and venue of the hearing;

(b)    inform the appellant of his right to attend the hearing and to be represented at it in accordance with rule 8;

(c)    inform the appellant of the power of the Panel to proceed in his absence under rule 9;

(d)    inform the appellant of his right to adduce evidence in accordance with rule 10; and

(e)    inform the appellant of the Panel's powers of disposal under paragraph 4(8) of Schedule 3A to the Act or paragraph 5 of Schedule 3B to the Act (powers of Registration Appeals Panels disposing of an appeal), as appropriate.

(3)    Following service of a notice of hearing under this Rule, the Registrar may, provided that he gives the appellant no less than 7 days' notice, alter the precise time and venue of the hearing.

Documents

4

Before the hearing, the Registrar shall provide the Panel with copies of—

(a)    the appealable decision;

(b)    any documents and advice considered by the person making the appealable decision; and

(c)    where a hearing was held before a Registration Decisions Panel, a copy of any transcript or note taken of those proceedings.

Procedure at the hearing

5

The order of proceedings at the hearing shall be as follows—

(a)    the Panel shall hear and consider any preliminary legal arguments;

(b)    the Chairman of the Panel shall—

(i)    where the appellant is present, require him to confirm his name and, where appropriate, his registration number, or

(ii)    otherwise, require the Presenting Officer to confirm the appellant's name and, where appropriate, the appellant's registration number;

(c)    the Presenting Officer shall—

(i)    address the Panel regarding the background to the appeal, and

(ii)    direct the attention of the Panel to any relevant evidence, including any transcripts of previous hearings relating to the decision that is subject to appeal;

(d)    the appellant may address the Panel on the grounds and reasons for his appeal;

(e)    where the Panel decides to receive oral evidence, witnesses shall be required to take an oath or to affirm, and—

(i)    shall first be examined by the party calling them,

(ii)    may then be cross-examined by the opposing party,

(iii)    may then be re-examined by the party calling them, and

(iv)    may at any time be questioned by the Panel;

(f)    the Panel may receive further evidence and hear any further submissions from the parties; and

(g)    the Panel shall then consider and announce its decision on the appeal and shall give reasons for its decision.

Cost orders

6

(1)    The Panel may, of its own motion or upon the application of a party to the proceedings—

(a)    order that a party should pay all of the other party's reasonable costs of the appeal, or such part of the other party's reasonable costs of the appeal as may be specified in the order;

(b)    determine the amount of costs to be paid under such order; and

(c)    determine the period within which any such costs must be paid.

(2)    Unless it is unable to do so in the particular circumstances of the case, each party shall, no less than 24 hours before the hearing, serve upon the other party a schedule particularising its costs of the appeal.

(3)    When determining whether to make an order for costs, the Panel shall take into account—

(a)    any evidence adduced or submissions made by the parties in relation to the matters for consideration under paragraph (1); and

(b)    any schedule of costs served in accordance with paragraph (2).

(4)    The Panel shall consider and announce any decision it makes in relation to an order for costs under this rule, and shall give reasons for its decision.

Adjournment

7

The Panel may at any time, whether of its own motion or upon the application of a party, adjourn the proceedings until such time and date as it thinks fit.

Representation

8

(1)    At a hearing, the appellant may be represented by—

(a)    a solicitor or counsel;

(b)    a representative from any professional organisation of which he is a member; or

(c)    at the discretion of the Panel, a member of his family or other person.

(2)    A person who gives evidence at a hearing shall not be entitled to represent or accompany the appellant at that hearing.

Absence of the appellant

9

Where the appellant is neither present nor represented at a hearing, the Panel may nevertheless proceed to consider and determine the appeal if it is satisfied that all reasonable efforts have been made to serve the appellant with notice of the hearing in accordance with these Rules.

Evidence

10

(1)    Subject to paragraphs (2) and (3), the Panel may admit any evidence they consider fair and relevant to the case before them, whether or not such evidence would be admissible in a court of law.

(2)    Where evidence would not be admissible in criminal proceedings in England, the Panel shall not admit such evidence unless, on the advice of the legal assessor, they are satisfied that their duty of making due inquiry into the case before them makes its admission desirable.

(3)    No person shall give oral evidence at the hearing unless the Panel considers such evidence is desirable to enable it to discharge its functions.

(4)    Production of a certificate purporting to be under the hand of a competent officer of a Court in the United Kingdom or overseas that a person has been convicted of a criminal offence or, in Scotland, an extract conviction, shall be conclusive evidence of the offence committed.

(5)    Production of a certificate signed by an officer of a regulatory body that has made a determination about the fitness to practise of a person shall be conclusive evidence of the facts found proved in relation to that determination.

(6)    The only evidence which may be adduced by the appellant in rebuttal of a conviction or determination certified in the manner specified in paragraph (4) or (5) is evidence for the purposes of proving that he is not the person referred to in the certificate or extract.

(7)    The appellant may admit a fact or description of a fact, and a fact or description of a fact so admitted may be treated as proved.

(8)    A copy of a document of which the original is admissible may be received by the Panel without strict proof.

Public and private hearings

11

(1)    The Panel shall sit in private, unless an appellant requests it to sit in public.

(2)    The Panel shall deliberate in the absence of the parties.

(3)    Where a Panel sits in public it may, of its own volition or upon the application of a witness or any of the parties, exclude the public for any part of the proceedings provided that it is satisfied that—

(a)    a decision to exclude the public causes no prejudice to the appellant; and

(b)    the decision is made after hearing representations from the parties.

(4)    The Panel may exclude from the whole or part of any hearing, any person whose conduct, in its opinion, has disrupted or is likely to disrupt the proceedings.

Voting

12

(1)    Decisions of the Panel shall be taken by simple majority.

(2)    The Chairman of the Panel shall not have a casting vote.

(3)    No member of the Panel may abstain from voting.

(4)    Where the votes are equal, the Panel shall decide the issue against the appellant.

Service

13

(1)    Any notice required to be given to the appellant in these Rules shall be served in accordance with paragraph 6 of Schedule 3A to the Act (notices).

(2)    If the appellant is represented by a solicitor, any such notice shall also be served at the solicitor's practising address.

(3)    The service of any notice under these Rules may be proved by—

(a)    a confirmation of posting issued by or on behalf of the Post Office, or other postal operator or delivery service; or

(b)    a signed statement from any person serving the notice by hand.

Given under the official seal of the General Medical Council this 25th day of January 2005

Graeme Catto

President

NOTES
Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 1 April 2005: see Preamble.

Professions & Ethics98 Health Professions98 Health Law98

Documents

4

SCHEDULE  The General Medical Council (Registration Appeals Panels Procedure) Rules 2005

The General Medical Council, in exercise of its powers under paragraph 3(1) of Schedule 3B to the Medical Act 1983 and of all other powers enabling it in that behalf, and having consulted such bodies of persons representing medical practitioners, or medical practitioners of any description, as appeared to it requisite to be consulted pursuant to paragraph 3(8) of Schedule 3B to that Act, hereby makes the following Rules:—

Arrangement of Rules

1    Citation and commencement

2    Interpretation

3    Notice of hearing

4    Documents

5    Procedure at the hearing

6    Cost orders

7    Adjournment

8    Representation

9    Absence of the appellant

10    Evidence

11    Public and private hearings

12    Voting

13    Service

Citation and commencement

1

These Rules may be cited as the General Medical Council (Registration Appeals Panels Procedure) Rules 2005, and shall come into force on 1st April 2005.

Interpretation

2

In these Rules—

“the Act” means the Medical Act 1983;

“appealable decision” means an appealable registration decision under paragraph 2 of Schedule 3A to the Act (registration appeals) or a decision of a licensing authority under section 29F(1) of the Act (appeals);

“appeal” means an appeal against an appealable decision, and references to “the appellant” shall be construed accordingly;

“legal assessor” means a person appointed under paragraph 7 of Schedule 4 to the Act;

“Panel” means a Registration Appeals Panel constituted under rules made under paragraph 19C of Schedule 1 to the Act (registration appeals panels);

“party” means the practitioner or the General Council (or their representatives), and references to “the parties” shall be construed accordingly;

“the Presenting Officer” means the representative of the General Council instructed by the Registrar to present the case on behalf of the General Council at any hearing before a Panel, and may include solicitor or counsel;

“registration number” means the unique identification number recorded against a registered medical practitioner's name in the relevant register kept by the Registrar under section 2 of the Act; and

“regulatory body” shall be construed in accordance with section 35C(9) of the Act (functions of the investigation committee).

Notice of hearing

3

(1)    The Registrar shall serve a notice of hearing on the appellant—

(a)    as soon as reasonably practicable following receipt of a notice of appeal under paragraph 4(2) of Schedule 3A to the Act (appeals from appealable registration decisions) or paragraph 1 of Schedule 3B to the Act (manner of, and time for, appealing); and

(b)    no less than 28 days before the date of the hearing.

(2)    The notice of hearing shall—

(a)    specify the date, time and venue of the hearing;

(b)    inform the appellant of his right to attend the hearing and to be represented at it in accordance with rule 8;

(c)    inform the appellant of the power of the Panel to proceed in his absence under rule 9;

(d)    inform the appellant of his right to adduce evidence in accordance with rule 10; and

(e)    inform the appellant of the Panel's powers of disposal under paragraph 4(8) of Schedule 3A to the Act or paragraph 5 of Schedule 3B to the Act (powers of Registration Appeals Panels disposing of an appeal), as appropriate.

(3)    Following service of a notice of hearing under this Rule, the Registrar may, provided that he gives the appellant no less than 7 days' notice, alter the precise time and venue of the hearing.

Documents

4

Before the hearing, the Registrar shall provide the Panel with copies of—

(a)    the appealable decision;

(b)    any documents and advice considered by the person making the appealable decision; and

(c)    where a hearing was held before a Registration Decisions Panel, a copy of any transcript or note taken of those proceedings.

Procedure at the hearing

5

The order of proceedings at the hearing shall be as follows—

(a)    the Panel shall hear and consider any preliminary legal arguments;

(b)    the Chairman of the Panel shall—

(i)    where the appellant is present, require him to confirm his name and, where appropriate, his registration number, or

(ii)    otherwise, require the Presenting Officer to confirm the appellant's name and, where appropriate, the appellant's registration number;

(c)    the Presenting Officer shall—

(i)    address the Panel regarding the background to the appeal, and

(ii)    direct the attention of the Panel to any relevant evidence, including any transcripts of previous hearings relating to the decision that is subject to appeal;

(d)    the appellant may address the Panel on the grounds and reasons for his appeal;

(e)    where the Panel decides to receive oral evidence, witnesses shall be required to take an oath or to affirm, and—

(i)    shall first be examined by the party calling them,

(ii)    may then be cross-examined by the opposing party,

(iii)    may then be re-examined by the party calling them, and

(iv)    may at any time be questioned by the Panel;

(f)    the Panel may receive further evidence and hear any further submissions from the parties; and

(g)    the Panel shall then consider and announce its decision on the appeal and shall give reasons for its decision.

Cost orders

6

(1)    The Panel may, of its own motion or upon the application of a party to the proceedings—

(a)    order that a party should pay all of the other party's reasonable costs of the appeal, or such part of the other party's reasonable costs of the appeal as may be specified in the order;

(b)    determine the amount of costs to be paid under such order; and

(c)    determine the period within which any such costs must be paid.

(2)    Unless it is unable to do so in the particular circumstances of the case, each party shall, no less than 24 hours before the hearing, serve upon the other party a schedule particularising its costs of the appeal.

(3)    When determining whether to make an order for costs, the Panel shall take into account—

(a)    any evidence adduced or submissions made by the parties in relation to the matters for consideration under paragraph (1); and

(b)    any schedule of costs served in accordance with paragraph (2).

(4)    The Panel shall consider and announce any decision it makes in relation to an order for costs under this rule, and shall give reasons for its decision.

Adjournment

7

The Panel may at any time, whether of its own motion or upon the application of a party, adjourn the proceedings until such time and date as it thinks fit.

Representation

8

(1)    At a hearing, the appellant may be represented by—

(a)    a solicitor or counsel;

(b)    a representative from any professional organisation of which he is a member; or

(c)    at the discretion of the Panel, a member of his family or other person.

(2)    A person who gives evidence at a hearing shall not be entitled to represent or accompany the appellant at that hearing.

Absence of the appellant

9

Where the appellant is neither present nor represented at a hearing, the Panel may nevertheless proceed to consider and determine the appeal if it is satisfied that all reasonable efforts have been made to serve the appellant with notice of the hearing in accordance with these Rules.

Evidence

10

(1)    Subject to paragraphs (2) and (3), the Panel may admit any evidence they consider fair and relevant to the case before them, whether or not such evidence would be admissible in a court of law.

(2)    Where evidence would not be admissible in criminal proceedings in England, the Panel shall not admit such evidence unless, on the advice of the legal assessor, they are satisfied that their duty of making due inquiry into the case before them makes its admission desirable.

(3)    No person shall give oral evidence at the hearing unless the Panel considers such evidence is desirable to enable it to discharge its functions.

(4)    Production of a certificate purporting to be under the hand of a competent officer of a Court in the United Kingdom or overseas that a person has been convicted of a criminal offence or, in Scotland, an extract conviction, shall be conclusive evidence of the offence committed.

(5)    Production of a certificate signed by an officer of a regulatory body that has made a determination about the fitness to practise of a person shall be conclusive evidence of the facts found proved in relation to that determination.

(6)    The only evidence which may be adduced by the appellant in rebuttal of a conviction or determination certified in the manner specified in paragraph (4) or (5) is evidence for the purposes of proving that he is not the person referred to in the certificate or extract.

(7)    The appellant may admit a fact or description of a fact, and a fact or description of a fact so admitted may be treated as proved.

(8)    A copy of a document of which the original is admissible may be received by the Panel without strict proof.

Public and private hearings

11

(1)    The Panel shall sit in private, unless an appellant requests it to sit in public.

(2)    The Panel shall deliberate in the absence of the parties.

(3)    Where a Panel sits in public it may, of its own volition or upon the application of a witness or any of the parties, exclude the public for any part of the proceedings provided that it is satisfied that—

(a)    a decision to exclude the public causes no prejudice to the appellant; and

(b)    the decision is made after hearing representations from the parties.

(4)    The Panel may exclude from the whole or part of any hearing, any person whose conduct, in its opinion, has disrupted or is likely to disrupt the proceedings.

Voting

12

(1)    Decisions of the Panel shall be taken by simple majority.

(2)    The Chairman of the Panel shall not have a casting vote.

(3)    No member of the Panel may abstain from voting.

(4)    Where the votes are equal, the Panel shall decide the issue against the appellant.

Service

13

(1)    Any notice required to be given to the appellant in these Rules shall be served in accordance with paragraph 6 of Schedule 3A to the Act (notices).

(2)    If the appellant is represented by a solicitor, any such notice shall also be served at the solicitor's practising address.

(3)    The service of any notice under these Rules may be proved by—

(a)    a confirmation of posting issued by or on behalf of the Post Office, or other postal operator or delivery service; or

(b)    a signed statement from any person serving the notice by hand.

Given under the official seal of the General Medical Council this 25th day of January 2005

Graeme Catto

President

NOTES
Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 1 April 2005: see Preamble.

Professions & Ethics98 Health Professions98 Health Law98

Procedure at the hearing

5

SCHEDULE  The General Medical Council (Registration Appeals Panels Procedure) Rules 2005

The General Medical Council, in exercise of its powers under paragraph 3(1) of Schedule 3B to the Medical Act 1983 and of all other powers enabling it in that behalf, and having consulted such bodies of persons representing medical practitioners, or medical practitioners of any description, as appeared to it requisite to be consulted pursuant to paragraph 3(8) of Schedule 3B to that Act, hereby makes the following Rules:—

Arrangement of Rules

1    Citation and commencement

2    Interpretation

3    Notice of hearing

4    Documents

5    Procedure at the hearing

6    Cost orders

7    Adjournment

8    Representation

9    Absence of the appellant

10    Evidence

11    Public and private hearings

12    Voting

13    Service

Citation and commencement

1

These Rules may be cited as the General Medical Council (Registration Appeals Panels Procedure) Rules 2005, and shall come into force on 1st April 2005.

Interpretation

2

In these Rules—

“the Act” means the Medical Act 1983;

“appealable decision” means an appealable registration decision under paragraph 2 of Schedule 3A to the Act (registration appeals) or a decision of a licensing authority under section 29F(1) of the Act (appeals);

“appeal” means an appeal against an appealable decision, and references to “the appellant” shall be construed accordingly;

“legal assessor” means a person appointed under paragraph 7 of Schedule 4 to the Act;

“Panel” means a Registration Appeals Panel constituted under rules made under paragraph 19C of Schedule 1 to the Act (registration appeals panels);

“party” means the practitioner or the General Council (or their representatives), and references to “the parties” shall be construed accordingly;

“the Presenting Officer” means the representative of the General Council instructed by the Registrar to present the case on behalf of the General Council at any hearing before a Panel, and may include solicitor or counsel;

“registration number” means the unique identification number recorded against a registered medical practitioner's name in the relevant register kept by the Registrar under section 2 of the Act; and

“regulatory body” shall be construed in accordance with section 35C(9) of the Act (functions of the investigation committee).

Notice of hearing

3

(1)    The Registrar shall serve a notice of hearing on the appellant—

(a)    as soon as reasonably practicable following receipt of a notice of appeal under paragraph 4(2) of Schedule 3A to the Act (appeals from appealable registration decisions) or paragraph 1 of Schedule 3B to the Act (manner of, and time for, appealing); and

(b)    no less than 28 days before the date of the hearing.

(2)    The notice of hearing shall—

(a)    specify the date, time and venue of the hearing;

(b)    inform the appellant of his right to attend the hearing and to be represented at it in accordance with rule 8;

(c)    inform the appellant of the power of the Panel to proceed in his absence under rule 9;

(d)    inform the appellant of his right to adduce evidence in accordance with rule 10; and

(e)    inform the appellant of the Panel's powers of disposal under paragraph 4(8) of Schedule 3A to the Act or paragraph 5 of Schedule 3B to the Act (powers of Registration Appeals Panels disposing of an appeal), as appropriate.

(3)    Following service of a notice of hearing under this Rule, the Registrar may, provided that he gives the appellant no less than 7 days' notice, alter the precise time and venue of the hearing.

Documents

4

Before the hearing, the Registrar shall provide the Panel with copies of—

(a)    the appealable decision;

(b)    any documents and advice considered by the person making the appealable decision; and

(c)    where a hearing was held before a Registration Decisions Panel, a copy of any transcript or note taken of those proceedings.

Procedure at the hearing

5

The order of proceedings at the hearing shall be as follows—

(a)    the Panel shall hear and consider any preliminary legal arguments;

(b)    the Chairman of the Panel shall—

(i)    where the appellant is present, require him to confirm his name and, where appropriate, his registration number, or

(ii)    otherwise, require the Presenting Officer to confirm the appellant's name and, where appropriate, the appellant's registration number;

(c)    the Presenting Officer shall—

(i)    address the Panel regarding the background to the appeal, and

(ii)    direct the attention of the Panel to any relevant evidence, including any transcripts of previous hearings relating to the decision that is subject to appeal;

(d)    the appellant may address the Panel on the grounds and reasons for his appeal;

(e)    where the Panel decides to receive oral evidence, witnesses shall be required to take an oath or to affirm, and—

(i)    shall first be examined by the party calling them,

(ii)    may then be cross-examined by the opposing party,

(iii)    may then be re-examined by the party calling them, and

(iv)    may at any time be questioned by the Panel;

(f)    the Panel may receive further evidence and hear any further submissions from the parties; and

(g)    the Panel shall then consider and announce its decision on the appeal and shall give reasons for its decision.

Cost orders

6

(1)    The Panel may, of its own motion or upon the application of a party to the proceedings—

(a)    order that a party should pay all of the other party's reasonable costs of the appeal, or such part of the other party's reasonable costs of the appeal as may be specified in the order;

(b)    determine the amount of costs to be paid under such order; and

(c)    determine the period within which any such costs must be paid.

(2)    Unless it is unable to do so in the particular circumstances of the case, each party shall, no less than 24 hours before the hearing, serve upon the other party a schedule particularising its costs of the appeal.

(3)    When determining whether to make an order for costs, the Panel shall take into account—

(a)    any evidence adduced or submissions made by the parties in relation to the matters for consideration under paragraph (1); and

(b)    any schedule of costs served in accordance with paragraph (2).

(4)    The Panel shall consider and announce any decision it makes in relation to an order for costs under this rule, and shall give reasons for its decision.

Adjournment

7

The Panel may at any time, whether of its own motion or upon the application of a party, adjourn the proceedings until such time and date as it thinks fit.

Representation

8

(1)    At a hearing, the appellant may be represented by—

(a)    a solicitor or counsel;

(b)    a representative from any professional organisation of which he is a member; or

(c)    at the discretion of the Panel, a member of his family or other person.

(2)    A person who gives evidence at a hearing shall not be entitled to represent or accompany the appellant at that hearing.

Absence of the appellant

9

Where the appellant is neither present nor represented at a hearing, the Panel may nevertheless proceed to consider and determine the appeal if it is satisfied that all reasonable efforts have been made to serve the appellant with notice of the hearing in accordance with these Rules.

Evidence

10

(1)    Subject to paragraphs (2) and (3), the Panel may admit any evidence they consider fair and relevant to the case before them, whether or not such evidence would be admissible in a court of law.

(2)    Where evidence would not be admissible in criminal proceedings in England, the Panel shall not admit such evidence unless, on the advice of the legal assessor, they are satisfied that their duty of making due inquiry into the case before them makes its admission desirable.

(3)    No person shall give oral evidence at the hearing unless the Panel considers such evidence is desirable to enable it to discharge its functions.

(4)    Production of a certificate purporting to be under the hand of a competent officer of a Court in the United Kingdom or overseas that a person has been convicted of a criminal offence or, in Scotland, an extract conviction, shall be conclusive evidence of the offence committed.

(5)    Production of a certificate signed by an officer of a regulatory body that has made a determination about the fitness to practise of a person shall be conclusive evidence of the facts found proved in relation to that determination.

(6)    The only evidence which may be adduced by the appellant in rebuttal of a conviction or determination certified in the manner specified in paragraph (4) or (5) is evidence for the purposes of proving that he is not the person referred to in the certificate or extract.

(7)    The appellant may admit a fact or description of a fact, and a fact or description of a fact so admitted may be treated as proved.

(8)    A copy of a document of which the original is admissible may be received by the Panel without strict proof.

Public and private hearings

11

(1)    The Panel shall sit in private, unless an appellant requests it to sit in public.

(2)    The Panel shall deliberate in the absence of the parties.

(3)    Where a Panel sits in public it may, of its own volition or upon the application of a witness or any of the parties, exclude the public for any part of the proceedings provided that it is satisfied that—

(a)    a decision to exclude the public causes no prejudice to the appellant; and

(b)    the decision is made after hearing representations from the parties.

(4)    The Panel may exclude from the whole or part of any hearing, any person whose conduct, in its opinion, has disrupted or is likely to disrupt the proceedings.

Voting

12

(1)    Decisions of the Panel shall be taken by simple majority.

(2)    The Chairman of the Panel shall not have a casting vote.

(3)    No member of the Panel may abstain from voting.

(4)    Where the votes are equal, the Panel shall decide the issue against the appellant.

Service

13

(1)    Any notice required to be given to the appellant in these Rules shall be served in accordance with paragraph 6 of Schedule 3A to the Act (notices).

(2)    If the appellant is represented by a solicitor, any such notice shall also be served at the solicitor's practising address.

(3)    The service of any notice under these Rules may be proved by—

(a)    a confirmation of posting issued by or on behalf of the Post Office, or other postal operator or delivery service; or

(b)    a signed statement from any person serving the notice by hand.

Given under the official seal of the General Medical Council this 25th day of January 2005

Graeme Catto

President

NOTES
Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 1 April 2005: see Preamble.

Professions & Ethics98 Health Professions98 Health Law98

Cost orders

6

SCHEDULE  The General Medical Council (Registration Appeals Panels Procedure) Rules 2005

The General Medical Council, in exercise of its powers under paragraph 3(1) of Schedule 3B to the Medical Act 1983 and of all other powers enabling it in that behalf, and having consulted such bodies of persons representing medical practitioners, or medical practitioners of any description, as appeared to it requisite to be consulted pursuant to paragraph 3(8) of Schedule 3B to that Act, hereby makes the following Rules:—

Arrangement of Rules

1    Citation and commencement

2    Interpretation

3    Notice of hearing

4    Documents

5    Procedure at the hearing

6    Cost orders

7    Adjournment

8    Representation

9    Absence of the appellant

10    Evidence

11    Public and private hearings

12    Voting

13    Service

Citation and commencement

1

These Rules may be cited as the General Medical Council (Registration Appeals Panels Procedure) Rules 2005, and shall come into force on 1st April 2005.

Interpretation

2

In these Rules—

“the Act” means the Medical Act 1983;

“appealable decision” means an appealable registration decision under paragraph 2 of Schedule 3A to the Act (registration appeals) or a decision of a licensing authority under section 29F(1) of the Act (appeals);

“appeal” means an appeal against an appealable decision, and references to “the appellant” shall be construed accordingly;

“legal assessor” means a person appointed under paragraph 7 of Schedule 4 to the Act;

“Panel” means a Registration Appeals Panel constituted under rules made under paragraph 19C of Schedule 1 to the Act (registration appeals panels);

“party” means the practitioner or the General Council (or their representatives), and references to “the parties” shall be construed accordingly;

“the Presenting Officer” means the representative of the General Council instructed by the Registrar to present the case on behalf of the General Council at any hearing before a Panel, and may include solicitor or counsel;

“registration number” means the unique identification number recorded against a registered medical practitioner's name in the relevant register kept by the Registrar under section 2 of the Act; and

“regulatory body” shall be construed in accordance with section 35C(9) of the Act (functions of the investigation committee).

Notice of hearing

3

(1)    The Registrar shall serve a notice of hearing on the appellant—

(a)    as soon as reasonably practicable following receipt of a notice of appeal under paragraph 4(2) of Schedule 3A to the Act (appeals from appealable registration decisions) or paragraph 1 of Schedule 3B to the Act (manner of, and time for, appealing); and

(b)    no less than 28 days before the date of the hearing.

(2)    The notice of hearing shall—

(a)    specify the date, time and venue of the hearing;

(b)    inform the appellant of his right to attend the hearing and to be represented at it in accordance with rule 8;

(c)    inform the appellant of the power of the Panel to proceed in his absence under rule 9;

(d)    inform the appellant of his right to adduce evidence in accordance with rule 10; and

(e)    inform the appellant of the Panel's powers of disposal under paragraph 4(8) of Schedule 3A to the Act or paragraph 5 of Schedule 3B to the Act (powers of Registration Appeals Panels disposing of an appeal), as appropriate.

(3)    Following service of a notice of hearing under this Rule, the Registrar may, provided that he gives the appellant no less than 7 days' notice, alter the precise time and venue of the hearing.

Documents

4

Before the hearing, the Registrar shall provide the Panel with copies of—

(a)    the appealable decision;

(b)    any documents and advice considered by the person making the appealable decision; and

(c)    where a hearing was held before a Registration Decisions Panel, a copy of any transcript or note taken of those proceedings.

Procedure at the hearing

5

The order of proceedings at the hearing shall be as follows—

(a)    the Panel shall hear and consider any preliminary legal arguments;

(b)    the Chairman of the Panel shall—

(i)    where the appellant is present, require him to confirm his name and, where appropriate, his registration number, or

(ii)    otherwise, require the Presenting Officer to confirm the appellant's name and, where appropriate, the appellant's registration number;

(c)    the Presenting Officer shall—

(i)    address the Panel regarding the background to the appeal, and

(ii)    direct the attention of the Panel to any relevant evidence, including any transcripts of previous hearings relating to the decision that is subject to appeal;

(d)    the appellant may address the Panel on the grounds and reasons for his appeal;

(e)    where the Panel decides to receive oral evidence, witnesses shall be required to take an oath or to affirm, and—

(i)    shall first be examined by the party calling them,

(ii)    may then be cross-examined by the opposing party,

(iii)    may then be re-examined by the party calling them, and

(iv)    may at any time be questioned by the Panel;

(f)    the Panel may receive further evidence and hear any further submissions from the parties; and

(g)    the Panel shall then consider and announce its decision on the appeal and shall give reasons for its decision.

Cost orders

6

(1)    The Panel may, of its own motion or upon the application of a party to the proceedings—

(a)    order that a party should pay all of the other party's reasonable costs of the appeal, or such part of the other party's reasonable costs of the appeal as may be specified in the order;

(b)    determine the amount of costs to be paid under such order; and

(c)    determine the period within which any such costs must be paid.

(2)    Unless it is unable to do so in the particular circumstances of the case, each party shall, no less than 24 hours before the hearing, serve upon the other party a schedule particularising its costs of the appeal.

(3)    When determining whether to make an order for costs, the Panel shall take into account—

(a)    any evidence adduced or submissions made by the parties in relation to the matters for consideration under paragraph (1); and

(b)    any schedule of costs served in accordance with paragraph (2).

(4)    The Panel shall consider and announce any decision it makes in relation to an order for costs under this rule, and shall give reasons for its decision.

Adjournment

7

The Panel may at any time, whether of its own motion or upon the application of a party, adjourn the proceedings until such time and date as it thinks fit.

Representation

8

(1)    At a hearing, the appellant may be represented by—

(a)    a solicitor or counsel;

(b)    a representative from any professional organisation of which he is a member; or

(c)    at the discretion of the Panel, a member of his family or other person.

(2)    A person who gives evidence at a hearing shall not be entitled to represent or accompany the appellant at that hearing.

Absence of the appellant

9

Where the appellant is neither present nor represented at a hearing, the Panel may nevertheless proceed to consider and determine the appeal if it is satisfied that all reasonable efforts have been made to serve the appellant with notice of the hearing in accordance with these Rules.

Evidence

10

(1)    Subject to paragraphs (2) and (3), the Panel may admit any evidence they consider fair and relevant to the case before them, whether or not such evidence would be admissible in a court of law.

(2)    Where evidence would not be admissible in criminal proceedings in England, the Panel shall not admit such evidence unless, on the advice of the legal assessor, they are satisfied that their duty of making due inquiry into the case before them makes its admission desirable.

(3)    No person shall give oral evidence at the hearing unless the Panel considers such evidence is desirable to enable it to discharge its functions.

(4)    Production of a certificate purporting to be under the hand of a competent officer of a Court in the United Kingdom or overseas that a person has been convicted of a criminal offence or, in Scotland, an extract conviction, shall be conclusive evidence of the offence committed.

(5)    Production of a certificate signed by an officer of a regulatory body that has made a determination about the fitness to practise of a person shall be conclusive evidence of the facts found proved in relation to that determination.

(6)    The only evidence which may be adduced by the appellant in rebuttal of a conviction or determination certified in the manner specified in paragraph (4) or (5) is evidence for the purposes of proving that he is not the person referred to in the certificate or extract.

(7)    The appellant may admit a fact or description of a fact, and a fact or description of a fact so admitted may be treated as proved.

(8)    A copy of a document of which the original is admissible may be received by the Panel without strict proof.

Public and private hearings

11

(1)    The Panel shall sit in private, unless an appellant requests it to sit in public.

(2)    The Panel shall deliberate in the absence of the parties.

(3)    Where a Panel sits in public it may, of its own volition or upon the application of a witness or any of the parties, exclude the public for any part of the proceedings provided that it is satisfied that—

(a)    a decision to exclude the public causes no prejudice to the appellant; and

(b)    the decision is made after hearing representations from the parties.

(4)    The Panel may exclude from the whole or part of any hearing, any person whose conduct, in its opinion, has disrupted or is likely to disrupt the proceedings.

Voting

12

(1)    Decisions of the Panel shall be taken by simple majority.

(2)    The Chairman of the Panel shall not have a casting vote.

(3)    No member of the Panel may abstain from voting.

(4)    Where the votes are equal, the Panel shall decide the issue against the appellant.

Service

13

(1)    Any notice required to be given to the appellant in these Rules shall be served in accordance with paragraph 6 of Schedule 3A to the Act (notices).

(2)    If the appellant is represented by a solicitor, any such notice shall also be served at the solicitor's practising address.

(3)    The service of any notice under these Rules may be proved by—

(a)    a confirmation of posting issued by or on behalf of the Post Office, or other postal operator or delivery service; or

(b)    a signed statement from any person serving the notice by hand.

Given under the official seal of the General Medical Council this 25th day of January 2005

Graeme Catto

President

NOTES
Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 1 April 2005: see Preamble.

Professions & Ethics98 Health Professions98 Health Law98

Adjournment

7

SCHEDULE  The General Medical Council (Registration Appeals Panels Procedure) Rules 2005

The General Medical Council, in exercise of its powers under paragraph 3(1) of Schedule 3B to the Medical Act 1983 and of all other powers enabling it in that behalf, and having consulted such bodies of persons representing medical practitioners, or medical practitioners of any description, as appeared to it requisite to be consulted pursuant to paragraph 3(8) of Schedule 3B to that Act, hereby makes the following Rules:—

Arrangement of Rules

1    Citation and commencement

2    Interpretation

3    Notice of hearing

4    Documents

5    Procedure at the hearing

6    Cost orders

7    Adjournment

8    Representation

9    Absence of the appellant

10    Evidence

11    Public and private hearings

12    Voting

13    Service

Citation and commencement

1

These Rules may be cited as the General Medical Council (Registration Appeals Panels Procedure) Rules 2005, and shall come into force on 1st April 2005.

Interpretation

2

In these Rules—

“the Act” means the Medical Act 1983;

“appealable decision” means an appealable registration decision under paragraph 2 of Schedule 3A to the Act (registration appeals) or a decision of a licensing authority under section 29F(1) of the Act (appeals);

“appeal” means an appeal against an appealable decision, and references to “the appellant” shall be construed accordingly;

“legal assessor” means a person appointed under paragraph 7 of Schedule 4 to the Act;

“Panel” means a Registration Appeals Panel constituted under rules made under paragraph 19C of Schedule 1 to the Act (registration appeals panels);

“party” means the practitioner or the General Council (or their representatives), and references to “the parties” shall be construed accordingly;

“the Presenting Officer” means the representative of the General Council instructed by the Registrar to present the case on behalf of the General Council at any hearing before a Panel, and may include solicitor or counsel;

“registration number” means the unique identification number recorded against a registered medical practitioner's name in the relevant register kept by the Registrar under section 2 of the Act; and

“regulatory body” shall be construed in accordance with section 35C(9) of the Act (functions of the investigation committee).

Notice of hearing

3

(1)    The Registrar shall serve a notice of hearing on the appellant—

(a)    as soon as reasonably practicable following receipt of a notice of appeal under paragraph 4(2) of Schedule 3A to the Act (appeals from appealable registration decisions) or paragraph 1 of Schedule 3B to the Act (manner of, and time for, appealing); and

(b)    no less than 28 days before the date of the hearing.

(2)    The notice of hearing shall—

(a)    specify the date, time and venue of the hearing;

(b)    inform the appellant of his right to attend the hearing and to be represented at it in accordance with rule 8;

(c)    inform the appellant of the power of the Panel to proceed in his absence under rule 9;

(d)    inform the appellant of his right to adduce evidence in accordance with rule 10; and

(e)    inform the appellant of the Panel's powers of disposal under paragraph 4(8) of Schedule 3A to the Act or paragraph 5 of Schedule 3B to the Act (powers of Registration Appeals Panels disposing of an appeal), as appropriate.

(3)    Following service of a notice of hearing under this Rule, the Registrar may, provided that he gives the appellant no less than 7 days' notice, alter the precise time and venue of the hearing.

Documents

4

Before the hearing, the Registrar shall provide the Panel with copies of—

(a)    the appealable decision;

(b)    any documents and advice considered by the person making the appealable decision; and

(c)    where a hearing was held before a Registration Decisions Panel, a copy of any transcript or note taken of those proceedings.

Procedure at the hearing

5

The order of proceedings at the hearing shall be as follows—

(a)    the Panel shall hear and consider any preliminary legal arguments;

(b)    the Chairman of the Panel shall—

(i)    where the appellant is present, require him to confirm his name and, where appropriate, his registration number, or

(ii)    otherwise, require the Presenting Officer to confirm the appellant's name and, where appropriate, the appellant's registration number;

(c)    the Presenting Officer shall—

(i)    address the Panel regarding the background to the appeal, and

(ii)    direct the attention of the Panel to any relevant evidence, including any transcripts of previous hearings relating to the decision that is subject to appeal;

(d)    the appellant may address the Panel on the grounds and reasons for his appeal;

(e)    where the Panel decides to receive oral evidence, witnesses shall be required to take an oath or to affirm, and—

(i)    shall first be examined by the party calling them,

(ii)    may then be cross-examined by the opposing party,

(iii)    may then be re-examined by the party calling them, and

(iv)    may at any time be questioned by the Panel;

(f)    the Panel may receive further evidence and hear any further submissions from the parties; and

(g)    the Panel shall then consider and announce its decision on the appeal and shall give reasons for its decision.

Cost orders

6

(1)    The Panel may, of its own motion or upon the application of a party to the proceedings—

(a)    order that a party should pay all of the other party's reasonable costs of the appeal, or such part of the other party's reasonable costs of the appeal as may be specified in the order;

(b)    determine the amount of costs to be paid under such order; and

(c)    determine the period within which any such costs must be paid.

(2)    Unless it is unable to do so in the particular circumstances of the case, each party shall, no less than 24 hours before the hearing, serve upon the other party a schedule particularising its costs of the appeal.

(3)    When determining whether to make an order for costs, the Panel shall take into account—

(a)    any evidence adduced or submissions made by the parties in relation to the matters for consideration under paragraph (1); and

(b)    any schedule of costs served in accordance with paragraph (2).

(4)    The Panel shall consider and announce any decision it makes in relation to an order for costs under this rule, and shall give reasons for its decision.

Adjournment

7

The Panel may at any time, whether of its own motion or upon the application of a party, adjourn the proceedings until such time and date as it thinks fit.

Representation

8

(1)    At a hearing, the appellant may be represented by—

(a)    a solicitor or counsel;

(b)    a representative from any professional organisation of which he is a member; or

(c)    at the discretion of the Panel, a member of his family or other person.

(2)    A person who gives evidence at a hearing shall not be entitled to represent or accompany the appellant at that hearing.

Absence of the appellant

9

Where the appellant is neither present nor represented at a hearing, the Panel may nevertheless proceed to consider and determine the appeal if it is satisfied that all reasonable efforts have been made to serve the appellant with notice of the hearing in accordance with these Rules.

Evidence

10

(1)    Subject to paragraphs (2) and (3), the Panel may admit any evidence they consider fair and relevant to the case before them, whether or not such evidence would be admissible in a court of law.

(2)    Where evidence would not be admissible in criminal proceedings in England, the Panel shall not admit such evidence unless, on the advice of the legal assessor, they are satisfied that their duty of making due inquiry into the case before them makes its admission desirable.

(3)    No person shall give oral evidence at the hearing unless the Panel considers such evidence is desirable to enable it to discharge its functions.

(4)    Production of a certificate purporting to be under the hand of a competent officer of a Court in the United Kingdom or overseas that a person has been convicted of a criminal offence or, in Scotland, an extract conviction, shall be conclusive evidence of the offence committed.

(5)    Production of a certificate signed by an officer of a regulatory body that has made a determination about the fitness to practise of a person shall be conclusive evidence of the facts found proved in relation to that determination.

(6)    The only evidence which may be adduced by the appellant in rebuttal of a conviction or determination certified in the manner specified in paragraph (4) or (5) is evidence for the purposes of proving that he is not the person referred to in the certificate or extract.

(7)    The appellant may admit a fact or description of a fact, and a fact or description of a fact so admitted may be treated as proved.

(8)    A copy of a document of which the original is admissible may be received by the Panel without strict proof.

Public and private hearings

11

(1)    The Panel shall sit in private, unless an appellant requests it to sit in public.

(2)    The Panel shall deliberate in the absence of the parties.

(3)    Where a Panel sits in public it may, of its own volition or upon the application of a witness or any of the parties, exclude the public for any part of the proceedings provided that it is satisfied that—

(a)    a decision to exclude the public causes no prejudice to the appellant; and

(b)    the decision is made after hearing representations from the parties.

(4)    The Panel may exclude from the whole or part of any hearing, any person whose conduct, in its opinion, has disrupted or is likely to disrupt the proceedings.

Voting

12

(1)    Decisions of the Panel shall be taken by simple majority.

(2)    The Chairman of the Panel shall not have a casting vote.

(3)    No member of the Panel may abstain from voting.

(4)    Where the votes are equal, the Panel shall decide the issue against the appellant.

Service

13

(1)    Any notice required to be given to the appellant in these Rules shall be served in accordance with paragraph 6 of Schedule 3A to the Act (notices).

(2)    If the appellant is represented by a solicitor, any such notice shall also be served at the solicitor's practising address.

(3)    The service of any notice under these Rules may be proved by—

(a)    a confirmation of posting issued by or on behalf of the Post Office, or other postal operator or delivery service; or

(b)    a signed statement from any person serving the notice by hand.

Given under the official seal of the General Medical Council this 25th day of January 2005

Graeme Catto

President

NOTES
Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 1 April 2005: see Preamble.

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Representation

8

SCHEDULE  The General Medical Council (Registration Appeals Panels Procedure) Rules 2005

The General Medical Council, in exercise of its powers under paragraph 3(1) of Schedule 3B to the Medical Act 1983 and of all other powers enabling it in that behalf, and having consulted such bodies of persons representing medical practitioners, or medical practitioners of any description, as appeared to it requisite to be consulted pursuant to paragraph 3(8) of Schedule 3B to that Act, hereby makes the following Rules:—

Arrangement of Rules

1    Citation and commencement

2    Interpretation

3    Notice of hearing

4    Documents

5    Procedure at the hearing

6    Cost orders

7    Adjournment

8    Representation

9    Absence of the appellant

10    Evidence

11    Public and private hearings

12    Voting

13    Service

Citation and commencement

1

These Rules may be cited as the General Medical Council (Registration Appeals Panels Procedure) Rules 2005, and shall come into force on 1st April 2005.

Interpretation

2

In these Rules—

“the Act” means the Medical Act 1983;

“appealable decision” means an appealable registration decision under paragraph 2 of Schedule 3A to the Act (registration appeals) or a decision of a licensing authority under section 29F(1) of the Act (appeals);

“appeal” means an appeal against an appealable decision, and references to “the appellant” shall be construed accordingly;

“legal assessor” means a person appointed under paragraph 7 of Schedule 4 to the Act;

“Panel” means a Registration Appeals Panel constituted under rules made under paragraph 19C of Schedule 1 to the Act (registration appeals panels);

“party” means the practitioner or the General Council (or their representatives), and references to “the parties” shall be construed accordingly;

“the Presenting Officer” means the representative of the General Council instructed by the Registrar to present the case on behalf of the General Council at any hearing before a Panel, and may include solicitor or counsel;

“registration number” means the unique identification number recorded against a registered medical practitioner's name in the relevant register kept by the Registrar under section 2 of the Act; and

“regulatory body” shall be construed in accordance with section 35C(9) of the Act (functions of the investigation committee).

Notice of hearing

3

(1)    The Registrar shall serve a notice of hearing on the appellant—

(a)    as soon as reasonably practicable following receipt of a notice of appeal under paragraph 4(2) of Schedule 3A to the Act (appeals from appealable registration decisions) or paragraph 1 of Schedule 3B to the Act (manner of, and time for, appealing); and

(b)    no less than 28 days before the date of the hearing.

(2)    The notice of hearing shall—

(a)    specify the date, time and venue of the hearing;

(b)    inform the appellant of his right to attend the hearing and to be represented at it in accordance with rule 8;

(c)    inform the appellant of the power of the Panel to proceed in his absence under rule 9;

(d)    inform the appellant of his right to adduce evidence in accordance with rule 10; and

(e)    inform the appellant of the Panel's powers of disposal under paragraph 4(8) of Schedule 3A to the Act or paragraph 5 of Schedule 3B to the Act (powers of Registration Appeals Panels disposing of an appeal), as appropriate.

(3)    Following service of a notice of hearing under this Rule, the Registrar may, provided that he gives the appellant no less than 7 days' notice, alter the precise time and venue of the hearing.

Documents

4

Before the hearing, the Registrar shall provide the Panel with copies of—

(a)    the appealable decision;

(b)    any documents and advice considered by the person making the appealable decision; and

(c)    where a hearing was held before a Registration Decisions Panel, a copy of any transcript or note taken of those proceedings.

Procedure at the hearing

5

The order of proceedings at the hearing shall be as follows—

(a)    the Panel shall hear and consider any preliminary legal arguments;

(b)    the Chairman of the Panel shall—

(i)    where the appellant is present, require him to confirm his name and, where appropriate, his registration number, or

(ii)    otherwise, require the Presenting Officer to confirm the appellant's name and, where appropriate, the appellant's registration number;

(c)    the Presenting Officer shall—

(i)    address the Panel regarding the background to the appeal, and

(ii)    direct the attention of the Panel to any relevant evidence, including any transcripts of previous hearings relating to the decision that is subject to appeal;

(d)    the appellant may address the Panel on the grounds and reasons for his appeal;

(e)    where the Panel decides to receive oral evidence, witnesses shall be required to take an oath or to affirm, and—

(i)    shall first be examined by the party calling them,

(ii)    may then be cross-examined by the opposing party,

(iii)    may then be re-examined by the party calling them, and

(iv)    may at any time be questioned by the Panel;

(f)    the Panel may receive further evidence and hear any further submissions from the parties; and

(g)    the Panel shall then consider and announce its decision on the appeal and shall give reasons for its decision.

Cost orders

6

(1)    The Panel may, of its own motion or upon the application of a party to the proceedings—

(a)    order that a party should pay all of the other party's reasonable costs of the appeal, or such part of the other party's reasonable costs of the appeal as may be specified in the order;

(b)    determine the amount of costs to be paid under such order; and

(c)    determine the period within which any such costs must be paid.

(2)    Unless it is unable to do so in the particular circumstances of the case, each party shall, no less than 24 hours before the hearing, serve upon the other party a schedule particularising its costs of the appeal.

(3)    When determining whether to make an order for costs, the Panel shall take into account—

(a)    any evidence adduced or submissions made by the parties in relation to the matters for consideration under paragraph (1); and

(b)    any schedule of costs served in accordance with paragraph (2).

(4)    The Panel shall consider and announce any decision it makes in relation to an order for costs under this rule, and shall give reasons for its decision.

Adjournment

7

The Panel may at any time, whether of its own motion or upon the application of a party, adjourn the proceedings until such time and date as it thinks fit.

Representation

8

(1)    At a hearing, the appellant may be represented by—

(a)    a solicitor or counsel;

(b)    a representative from any professional organisation of which he is a member; or

(c)    at the discretion of the Panel, a member of his family or other person.

(2)    A person who gives evidence at a hearing shall not be entitled to represent or accompany the appellant at that hearing.

Absence of the appellant

9

Where the appellant is neither present nor represented at a hearing, the Panel may nevertheless proceed to consider and determine the appeal if it is satisfied that all reasonable efforts have been made to serve the appellant with notice of the hearing in accordance with these Rules.

Evidence

10

(1)    Subject to paragraphs (2) and (3), the Panel may admit any evidence they consider fair and relevant to the case before them, whether or not such evidence would be admissible in a court of law.

(2)    Where evidence would not be admissible in criminal proceedings in England, the Panel shall not admit such evidence unless, on the advice of the legal assessor, they are satisfied that their duty of making due inquiry into the case before them makes its admission desirable.

(3)    No person shall give oral evidence at the hearing unless the Panel considers such evidence is desirable to enable it to discharge its functions.

(4)    Production of a certificate purporting to be under the hand of a competent officer of a Court in the United Kingdom or overseas that a person has been convicted of a criminal offence or, in Scotland, an extract conviction, shall be conclusive evidence of the offence committed.

(5)    Production of a certificate signed by an officer of a regulatory body that has made a determination about the fitness to practise of a person shall be conclusive evidence of the facts found proved in relation to that determination.

(6)    The only evidence which may be adduced by the appellant in rebuttal of a conviction or determination certified in the manner specified in paragraph (4) or (5) is evidence for the purposes of proving that he is not the person referred to in the certificate or extract.

(7)    The appellant may admit a fact or description of a fact, and a fact or description of a fact so admitted may be treated as proved.

(8)    A copy of a document of which the original is admissible may be received by the Panel without strict proof.

Public and private hearings

11

(1)    The Panel shall sit in private, unless an appellant requests it to sit in public.

(2)    The Panel shall deliberate in the absence of the parties.

(3)    Where a Panel sits in public it may, of its own volition or upon the application of a witness or any of the parties, exclude the public for any part of the proceedings provided that it is satisfied that—

(a)    a decision to exclude the public causes no prejudice to the appellant; and

(b)    the decision is made after hearing representations from the parties.

(4)    The Panel may exclude from the whole or part of any hearing, any person whose conduct, in its opinion, has disrupted or is likely to disrupt the proceedings.

Voting

12

(1)    Decisions of the Panel shall be taken by simple majority.

(2)    The Chairman of the Panel shall not have a casting vote.

(3)    No member of the Panel may abstain from voting.

(4)    Where the votes are equal, the Panel shall decide the issue against the appellant.

Service

13

(1)    Any notice required to be given to the appellant in these Rules shall be served in accordance with paragraph 6 of Schedule 3A to the Act (notices).

(2)    If the appellant is represented by a solicitor, any such notice shall also be served at the solicitor's practising address.

(3)    The service of any notice under these Rules may be proved by—

(a)    a confirmation of posting issued by or on behalf of the Post Office, or other postal operator or delivery service; or

(b)    a signed statement from any person serving the notice by hand.

Given under the official seal of the General Medical Council this 25th day of January 2005

Graeme Catto

President

NOTES
Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 1 April 2005: see Preamble.

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Absence of the appellant

9

SCHEDULE  The General Medical Council (Registration Appeals Panels Procedure) Rules 2005

The General Medical Council, in exercise of its powers under paragraph 3(1) of Schedule 3B to the Medical Act 1983 and of all other powers enabling it in that behalf, and having consulted such bodies of persons representing medical practitioners, or medical practitioners of any description, as appeared to it requisite to be consulted pursuant to paragraph 3(8) of Schedule 3B to that Act, hereby makes the following Rules:—

Arrangement of Rules

1    Citation and commencement

2    Interpretation

3    Notice of hearing

4    Documents

5    Procedure at the hearing

6    Cost orders

7    Adjournment

8    Representation

9    Absence of the appellant

10    Evidence

11    Public and private hearings

12    Voting

13    Service

Citation and commencement

1

These Rules may be cited as the General Medical Council (Registration Appeals Panels Procedure) Rules 2005, and shall come into force on 1st April 2005.

Interpretation

2

In these Rules—

“the Act” means the Medical Act 1983;

“appealable decision” means an appealable registration decision under paragraph 2 of Schedule 3A to the Act (registration appeals) or a decision of a licensing authority under section 29F(1) of the Act (appeals);

“appeal” means an appeal against an appealable decision, and references to “the appellant” shall be construed accordingly;

“legal assessor” means a person appointed under paragraph 7 of Schedule 4 to the Act;

“Panel” means a Registration Appeals Panel constituted under rules made under paragraph 19C of Schedule 1 to the Act (registration appeals panels);

“party” means the practitioner or the General Council (or their representatives), and references to “the parties” shall be construed accordingly;

“the Presenting Officer” means the representative of the General Council instructed by the Registrar to present the case on behalf of the General Council at any hearing before a Panel, and may include solicitor or counsel;

“registration number” means the unique identification number recorded against a registered medical practitioner's name in the relevant register kept by the Registrar under section 2 of the Act; and

“regulatory body” shall be construed in accordance with section 35C(9) of the Act (functions of the investigation committee).

Notice of hearing

3

(1)    The Registrar shall serve a notice of hearing on the appellant—

(a)    as soon as reasonably practicable following receipt of a notice of appeal under paragraph 4(2) of Schedule 3A to the Act (appeals from appealable registration decisions) or paragraph 1 of Schedule 3B to the Act (manner of, and time for, appealing); and

(b)    no less than 28 days before the date of the hearing.

(2)    The notice of hearing shall—

(a)    specify the date, time and venue of the hearing;

(b)    inform the appellant of his right to attend the hearing and to be represented at it in accordance with rule 8;

(c)    inform the appellant of the power of the Panel to proceed in his absence under rule 9;

(d)    inform the appellant of his right to adduce evidence in accordance with rule 10; and

(e)    inform the appellant of the Panel's powers of disposal under paragraph 4(8) of Schedule 3A to the Act or paragraph 5 of Schedule 3B to the Act (powers of Registration Appeals Panels disposing of an appeal), as appropriate.

(3)    Following service of a notice of hearing under this Rule, the Registrar may, provided that he gives the appellant no less than 7 days' notice, alter the precise time and venue of the hearing.

Documents

4

Before the hearing, the Registrar shall provide the Panel with copies of—

(a)    the appealable decision;

(b)    any documents and advice considered by the person making the appealable decision; and

(c)    where a hearing was held before a Registration Decisions Panel, a copy of any transcript or note taken of those proceedings.

Procedure at the hearing

5

The order of proceedings at the hearing shall be as follows—

(a)    the Panel shall hear and consider any preliminary legal arguments;

(b)    the Chairman of the Panel shall—

(i)    where the appellant is present, require him to confirm his name and, where appropriate, his registration number, or

(ii)    otherwise, require the Presenting Officer to confirm the appellant's name and, where appropriate, the appellant's registration number;

(c)    the Presenting Officer shall—

(i)    address the Panel regarding the background to the appeal, and

(ii)    direct the attention of the Panel to any relevant evidence, including any transcripts of previous hearings relating to the decision that is subject to appeal;

(d)    the appellant may address the Panel on the grounds and reasons for his appeal;

(e)    where the Panel decides to receive oral evidence, witnesses shall be required to take an oath or to affirm, and—

(i)    shall first be examined by the party calling them,

(ii)    may then be cross-examined by the opposing party,

(iii)    may then be re-examined by the party calling them, and

(iv)    may at any time be questioned by the Panel;

(f)    the Panel may receive further evidence and hear any further submissions from the parties; and

(g)    the Panel shall then consider and announce its decision on the appeal and shall give reasons for its decision.

Cost orders

6

(1)    The Panel may, of its own motion or upon the application of a party to the proceedings—

(a)    order that a party should pay all of the other party's reasonable costs of the appeal, or such part of the other party's reasonable costs of the appeal as may be specified in the order;

(b)    determine the amount of costs to be paid under such order; and

(c)    determine the period within which any such costs must be paid.

(2)    Unless it is unable to do so in the particular circumstances of the case, each party shall, no less than 24 hours before the hearing, serve upon the other party a schedule particularising its costs of the appeal.

(3)    When determining whether to make an order for costs, the Panel shall take into account—

(a)    any evidence adduced or submissions made by the parties in relation to the matters for consideration under paragraph (1); and

(b)    any schedule of costs served in accordance with paragraph (2).

(4)    The Panel shall consider and announce any decision it makes in relation to an order for costs under this rule, and shall give reasons for its decision.

Adjournment

7

The Panel may at any time, whether of its own motion or upon the application of a party, adjourn the proceedings until such time and date as it thinks fit.

Representation

8

(1)    At a hearing, the appellant may be represented by—

(a)    a solicitor or counsel;

(b)    a representative from any professional organisation of which he is a member; or

(c)    at the discretion of the Panel, a member of his family or other person.

(2)    A person who gives evidence at a hearing shall not be entitled to represent or accompany the appellant at that hearing.

Absence of the appellant

9

Where the appellant is neither present nor represented at a hearing, the Panel may nevertheless proceed to consider and determine the appeal if it is satisfied that all reasonable efforts have been made to serve the appellant with notice of the hearing in accordance with these Rules.

Evidence

10

(1)    Subject to paragraphs (2) and (3), the Panel may admit any evidence they consider fair and relevant to the case before them, whether or not such evidence would be admissible in a court of law.

(2)    Where evidence would not be admissible in criminal proceedings in England, the Panel shall not admit such evidence unless, on the advice of the legal assessor, they are satisfied that their duty of making due inquiry into the case before them makes its admission desirable.

(3)    No person shall give oral evidence at the hearing unless the Panel considers such evidence is desirable to enable it to discharge its functions.

(4)    Production of a certificate purporting to be under the hand of a competent officer of a Court in the United Kingdom or overseas that a person has been convicted of a criminal offence or, in Scotland, an extract conviction, shall be conclusive evidence of the offence committed.

(5)    Production of a certificate signed by an officer of a regulatory body that has made a determination about the fitness to practise of a person shall be conclusive evidence of the facts found proved in relation to that determination.

(6)    The only evidence which may be adduced by the appellant in rebuttal of a conviction or determination certified in the manner specified in paragraph (4) or (5) is evidence for the purposes of proving that he is not the person referred to in the certificate or extract.

(7)    The appellant may admit a fact or description of a fact, and a fact or description of a fact so admitted may be treated as proved.

(8)    A copy of a document of which the original is admissible may be received by the Panel without strict proof.

Public and private hearings

11

(1)    The Panel shall sit in private, unless an appellant requests it to sit in public.

(2)    The Panel shall deliberate in the absence of the parties.

(3)    Where a Panel sits in public it may, of its own volition or upon the application of a witness or any of the parties, exclude the public for any part of the proceedings provided that it is satisfied that—

(a)    a decision to exclude the public causes no prejudice to the appellant; and

(b)    the decision is made after hearing representations from the parties.

(4)    The Panel may exclude from the whole or part of any hearing, any person whose conduct, in its opinion, has disrupted or is likely to disrupt the proceedings.

Voting

12

(1)    Decisions of the Panel shall be taken by simple majority.

(2)    The Chairman of the Panel shall not have a casting vote.

(3)    No member of the Panel may abstain from voting.

(4)    Where the votes are equal, the Panel shall decide the issue against the appellant.

Service

13

(1)    Any notice required to be given to the appellant in these Rules shall be served in accordance with paragraph 6 of Schedule 3A to the Act (notices).

(2)    If the appellant is represented by a solicitor, any such notice shall also be served at the solicitor's practising address.

(3)    The service of any notice under these Rules may be proved by—

(a)    a confirmation of posting issued by or on behalf of the Post Office, or other postal operator or delivery service; or

(b)    a signed statement from any person serving the notice by hand.

Given under the official seal of the General Medical Council this 25th day of January 2005

Graeme Catto

President

NOTES
Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 1 April 2005: see Preamble.

Professions & Ethics98 Health Professions98 Health Law98

Evidence

10

SCHEDULE  The General Medical Council (Registration Appeals Panels Procedure) Rules 2005

The General Medical Council, in exercise of its powers under paragraph 3(1) of Schedule 3B to the Medical Act 1983 and of all other powers enabling it in that behalf, and having consulted such bodies of persons representing medical practitioners, or medical practitioners of any description, as appeared to it requisite to be consulted pursuant to paragraph 3(8) of Schedule 3B to that Act, hereby makes the following Rules:—

Arrangement of Rules

1    Citation and commencement

2    Interpretation

3    Notice of hearing

4    Documents

5    Procedure at the hearing

6    Cost orders

7    Adjournment

8    Representation

9    Absence of the appellant

10    Evidence

11    Public and private hearings

12    Voting

13    Service

Citation and commencement

1

These Rules may be cited as the General Medical Council (Registration Appeals Panels Procedure) Rules 2005, and shall come into force on 1st April 2005.

Interpretation

2

In these Rules—

“the Act” means the Medical Act 1983;

“appealable decision” means an appealable registration decision under paragraph 2 of Schedule 3A to the Act (registration appeals) or a decision of a licensing authority under section 29F(1) of the Act (appeals);

“appeal” means an appeal against an appealable decision, and references to “the appellant” shall be construed accordingly;

“legal assessor” means a person appointed under paragraph 7 of Schedule 4 to the Act;

“Panel” means a Registration Appeals Panel constituted under rules made under paragraph 19C of Schedule 1 to the Act (registration appeals panels);

“party” means the practitioner or the General Council (or their representatives), and references to “the parties” shall be construed accordingly;

“the Presenting Officer” means the representative of the General Council instructed by the Registrar to present the case on behalf of the General Council at any hearing before a Panel, and may include solicitor or counsel;

“registration number” means the unique identification number recorded against a registered medical practitioner's name in the relevant register kept by the Registrar under section 2 of the Act; and

“regulatory body” shall be construed in accordance with section 35C(9) of the Act (functions of the investigation committee).

Notice of hearing

3

(1)    The Registrar shall serve a notice of hearing on the appellant—

(a)    as soon as reasonably practicable following receipt of a notice of appeal under paragraph 4(2) of Schedule 3A to the Act (appeals from appealable registration decisions) or paragraph 1 of Schedule 3B to the Act (manner of, and time for, appealing); and

(b)    no less than 28 days before the date of the hearing.

(2)    The notice of hearing shall—

(a)    specify the date, time and venue of the hearing;

(b)    inform the appellant of his right to attend the hearing and to be represented at it in accordance with rule 8;

(c)    inform the appellant of the power of the Panel to proceed in his absence under rule 9;

(d)    inform the appellant of his right to adduce evidence in accordance with rule 10; and

(e)    inform the appellant of the Panel's powers of disposal under paragraph 4(8) of Schedule 3A to the Act or paragraph 5 of Schedule 3B to the Act (powers of Registration Appeals Panels disposing of an appeal), as appropriate.

(3)    Following service of a notice of hearing under this Rule, the Registrar may, provided that he gives the appellant no less than 7 days' notice, alter the precise time and venue of the hearing.

Documents

4

Before the hearing, the Registrar shall provide the Panel with copies of—

(a)    the appealable decision;

(b)    any documents and advice considered by the person making the appealable decision; and

(c)    where a hearing was held before a Registration Decisions Panel, a copy of any transcript or note taken of those proceedings.

Procedure at the hearing

5

The order of proceedings at the hearing shall be as follows—

(a)    the Panel shall hear and consider any preliminary legal arguments;

(b)    the Chairman of the Panel shall—

(i)    where the appellant is present, require him to confirm his name and, where appropriate, his registration number, or

(ii)    otherwise, require the Presenting Officer to confirm the appellant's name and, where appropriate, the appellant's registration number;

(c)    the Presenting Officer shall—

(i)    address the Panel regarding the background to the appeal, and

(ii)    direct the attention of the Panel to any relevant evidence, including any transcripts of previous hearings relating to the decision that is subject to appeal;

(d)    the appellant may address the Panel on the grounds and reasons for his appeal;

(e)    where the Panel decides to receive oral evidence, witnesses shall be required to take an oath or to affirm, and—

(i)    shall first be examined by the party calling them,

(ii)    may then be cross-examined by the opposing party,

(iii)    may then be re-examined by the party calling them, and

(iv)    may at any time be questioned by the Panel;

(f)    the Panel may receive further evidence and hear any further submissions from the parties; and

(g)    the Panel shall then consider and announce its decision on the appeal and shall give reasons for its decision.

Cost orders

6

(1)    The Panel may, of its own motion or upon the application of a party to the proceedings—

(a)    order that a party should pay all of the other party's reasonable costs of the appeal, or such part of the other party's reasonable costs of the appeal as may be specified in the order;

(b)    determine the amount of costs to be paid under such order; and

(c)    determine the period within which any such costs must be paid.

(2)    Unless it is unable to do so in the particular circumstances of the case, each party shall, no less than 24 hours before the hearing, serve upon the other party a schedule particularising its costs of the appeal.

(3)    When determining whether to make an order for costs, the Panel shall take into account—

(a)    any evidence adduced or submissions made by the parties in relation to the matters for consideration under paragraph (1); and

(b)    any schedule of costs served in accordance with paragraph (2).

(4)    The Panel shall consider and announce any decision it makes in relation to an order for costs under this rule, and shall give reasons for its decision.

Adjournment

7

The Panel may at any time, whether of its own motion or upon the application of a party, adjourn the proceedings until such time and date as it thinks fit.

Representation

8

(1)    At a hearing, the appellant may be represented by—

(a)    a solicitor or counsel;

(b)    a representative from any professional organisation of which he is a member; or

(c)    at the discretion of the Panel, a member of his family or other person.

(2)    A person who gives evidence at a hearing shall not be entitled to represent or accompany the appellant at that hearing.

Absence of the appellant

9

Where the appellant is neither present nor represented at a hearing, the Panel may nevertheless proceed to consider and determine the appeal if it is satisfied that all reasonable efforts have been made to serve the appellant with notice of the hearing in accordance with these Rules.

Evidence

10

(1)    Subject to paragraphs (2) and (3), the Panel may admit any evidence they consider fair and relevant to the case before them, whether or not such evidence would be admissible in a court of law.

(2)    Where evidence would not be admissible in criminal proceedings in England, the Panel shall not admit such evidence unless, on the advice of the legal assessor, they are satisfied that their duty of making due inquiry into the case before them makes its admission desirable.

(3)    No person shall give oral evidence at the hearing unless the Panel considers such evidence is desirable to enable it to discharge its functions.

(4)    Production of a certificate purporting to be under the hand of a competent officer of a Court in the United Kingdom or overseas that a person has been convicted of a criminal offence or, in Scotland, an extract conviction, shall be conclusive evidence of the offence committed.

(5)    Production of a certificate signed by an officer of a regulatory body that has made a determination about the fitness to practise of a person shall be conclusive evidence of the facts found proved in relation to that determination.

(6)    The only evidence which may be adduced by the appellant in rebuttal of a conviction or determination certified in the manner specified in paragraph (4) or (5) is evidence for the purposes of proving that he is not the person referred to in the certificate or extract.

(7)    The appellant may admit a fact or description of a fact, and a fact or description of a fact so admitted may be treated as proved.

(8)    A copy of a document of which the original is admissible may be received by the Panel without strict proof.

Public and private hearings

11

(1)    The Panel shall sit in private, unless an appellant requests it to sit in public.

(2)    The Panel shall deliberate in the absence of the parties.

(3)    Where a Panel sits in public it may, of its own volition or upon the application of a witness or any of the parties, exclude the public for any part of the proceedings provided that it is satisfied that—

(a)    a decision to exclude the public causes no prejudice to the appellant; and

(b)    the decision is made after hearing representations from the parties.

(4)    The Panel may exclude from the whole or part of any hearing, any person whose conduct, in its opinion, has disrupted or is likely to disrupt the proceedings.

Voting

12

(1)    Decisions of the Panel shall be taken by simple majority.

(2)    The Chairman of the Panel shall not have a casting vote.

(3)    No member of the Panel may abstain from voting.

(4)    Where the votes are equal, the Panel shall decide the issue against the appellant.

Service

13

(1)    Any notice required to be given to the appellant in these Rules shall be served in accordance with paragraph 6 of Schedule 3A to the Act (notices).

(2)    If the appellant is represented by a solicitor, any such notice shall also be served at the solicitor's practising address.

(3)    The service of any notice under these Rules may be proved by—

(a)    a confirmation of posting issued by or on behalf of the Post Office, or other postal operator or delivery service; or

(b)    a signed statement from any person serving the notice by hand.

Given under the official seal of the General Medical Council this 25th day of January 2005

Graeme Catto

President

NOTES
Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 1 April 2005: see Preamble.

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Public and private hearings

11

SCHEDULE  The General Medical Council (Registration Appeals Panels Procedure) Rules 2005

The General Medical Council, in exercise of its powers under paragraph 3(1) of Schedule 3B to the Medical Act 1983 and of all other powers enabling it in that behalf, and having consulted such bodies of persons representing medical practitioners, or medical practitioners of any description, as appeared to it requisite to be consulted pursuant to paragraph 3(8) of Schedule 3B to that Act, hereby makes the following Rules:—

Arrangement of Rules

1    Citation and commencement

2    Interpretation

3    Notice of hearing

4    Documents

5    Procedure at the hearing

6    Cost orders

7    Adjournment

8    Representation

9    Absence of the appellant

10    Evidence

11    Public and private hearings

12    Voting

13    Service

Citation and commencement

1

These Rules may be cited as the General Medical Council (Registration Appeals Panels Procedure) Rules 2005, and shall come into force on 1st April 2005.

Interpretation

2

In these Rules—

“the Act” means the Medical Act 1983;

“appealable decision” means an appealable registration decision under paragraph 2 of Schedule 3A to the Act (registration appeals) or a decision of a licensing authority under section 29F(1) of the Act (appeals);

“appeal” means an appeal against an appealable decision, and references to “the appellant” shall be construed accordingly;

“legal assessor” means a person appointed under paragraph 7 of Schedule 4 to the Act;

“Panel” means a Registration Appeals Panel constituted under rules made under paragraph 19C of Schedule 1 to the Act (registration appeals panels);

“party” means the practitioner or the General Council (or their representatives), and references to “the parties” shall be construed accordingly;

“the Presenting Officer” means the representative of the General Council instructed by the Registrar to present the case on behalf of the General Council at any hearing before a Panel, and may include solicitor or counsel;

“registration number” means the unique identification number recorded against a registered medical practitioner's name in the relevant register kept by the Registrar under section 2 of the Act; and

“regulatory body” shall be construed in accordance with section 35C(9) of the Act (functions of the investigation committee).

Notice of hearing

3

(1)    The Registrar shall serve a notice of hearing on the appellant—

(a)    as soon as reasonably practicable following receipt of a notice of appeal under paragraph 4(2) of Schedule 3A to the Act (appeals from appealable registration decisions) or paragraph 1 of Schedule 3B to the Act (manner of, and time for, appealing); and

(b)    no less than 28 days before the date of the hearing.

(2)    The notice of hearing shall—

(a)    specify the date, time and venue of the hearing;

(b)    inform the appellant of his right to attend the hearing and to be represented at it in accordance with rule 8;

(c)    inform the appellant of the power of the Panel to proceed in his absence under rule 9;

(d)    inform the appellant of his right to adduce evidence in accordance with rule 10; and

(e)    inform the appellant of the Panel's powers of disposal under paragraph 4(8) of Schedule 3A to the Act or paragraph 5 of Schedule 3B to the Act (powers of Registration Appeals Panels disposing of an appeal), as appropriate.

(3)    Following service of a notice of hearing under this Rule, the Registrar may, provided that he gives the appellant no less than 7 days' notice, alter the precise time and venue of the hearing.

Documents

4

Before the hearing, the Registrar shall provide the Panel with copies of—

(a)    the appealable decision;

(b)    any documents and advice considered by the person making the appealable decision; and

(c)    where a hearing was held before a Registration Decisions Panel, a copy of any transcript or note taken of those proceedings.

Procedure at the hearing

5

The order of proceedings at the hearing shall be as follows—

(a)    the Panel shall hear and consider any preliminary legal arguments;

(b)    the Chairman of the Panel shall—

(i)    where the appellant is present, require him to confirm his name and, where appropriate, his registration number, or

(ii)    otherwise, require the Presenting Officer to confirm the appellant's name and, where appropriate, the appellant's registration number;

(c)    the Presenting Officer shall—

(i)    address the Panel regarding the background to the appeal, and

(ii)    direct the attention of the Panel to any relevant evidence, including any transcripts of previous hearings relating to the decision that is subject to appeal;

(d)    the appellant may address the Panel on the grounds and reasons for his appeal;

(e)    where the Panel decides to receive oral evidence, witnesses shall be required to take an oath or to affirm, and—

(i)    shall first be examined by the party calling them,

(ii)    may then be cross-examined by the opposing party,

(iii)    may then be re-examined by the party calling them, and

(iv)    may at any time be questioned by the Panel;

(f)    the Panel may receive further evidence and hear any further submissions from the parties; and

(g)    the Panel shall then consider and announce its decision on the appeal and shall give reasons for its decision.

Cost orders

6

(1)    The Panel may, of its own motion or upon the application of a party to the proceedings—

(a)    order that a party should pay all of the other party's reasonable costs of the appeal, or such part of the other party's reasonable costs of the appeal as may be specified in the order;

(b)    determine the amount of costs to be paid under such order; and

(c)    determine the period within which any such costs must be paid.

(2)    Unless it is unable to do so in the particular circumstances of the case, each party shall, no less than 24 hours before the hearing, serve upon the other party a schedule particularising its costs of the appeal.

(3)    When determining whether to make an order for costs, the Panel shall take into account—

(a)    any evidence adduced or submissions made by the parties in relation to the matters for consideration under paragraph (1); and

(b)    any schedule of costs served in accordance with paragraph (2).

(4)    The Panel shall consider and announce any decision it makes in relation to an order for costs under this rule, and shall give reasons for its decision.

Adjournment

7

The Panel may at any time, whether of its own motion or upon the application of a party, adjourn the proceedings until such time and date as it thinks fit.

Representation

8

(1)    At a hearing, the appellant may be represented by—

(a)    a solicitor or counsel;

(b)    a representative from any professional organisation of which he is a member; or

(c)    at the discretion of the Panel, a member of his family or other person.

(2)    A person who gives evidence at a hearing shall not be entitled to represent or accompany the appellant at that hearing.

Absence of the appellant

9

Where the appellant is neither present nor represented at a hearing, the Panel may nevertheless proceed to consider and determine the appeal if it is satisfied that all reasonable efforts have been made to serve the appellant with notice of the hearing in accordance with these Rules.

Evidence

10

(1)    Subject to paragraphs (2) and (3), the Panel may admit any evidence they consider fair and relevant to the case before them, whether or not such evidence would be admissible in a court of law.

(2)    Where evidence would not be admissible in criminal proceedings in England, the Panel shall not admit such evidence unless, on the advice of the legal assessor, they are satisfied that their duty of making due inquiry into the case before them makes its admission desirable.

(3)    No person shall give oral evidence at the hearing unless the Panel considers such evidence is desirable to enable it to discharge its functions.

(4)    Production of a certificate purporting to be under the hand of a competent officer of a Court in the United Kingdom or overseas that a person has been convicted of a criminal offence or, in Scotland, an extract conviction, shall be conclusive evidence of the offence committed.

(5)    Production of a certificate signed by an officer of a regulatory body that has made a determination about the fitness to practise of a person shall be conclusive evidence of the facts found proved in relation to that determination.

(6)    The only evidence which may be adduced by the appellant in rebuttal of a conviction or determination certified in the manner specified in paragraph (4) or (5) is evidence for the purposes of proving that he is not the person referred to in the certificate or extract.

(7)    The appellant may admit a fact or description of a fact, and a fact or description of a fact so admitted may be treated as proved.

(8)    A copy of a document of which the original is admissible may be received by the Panel without strict proof.

Public and private hearings

11

(1)    The Panel shall sit in private, unless an appellant requests it to sit in public.

(2)    The Panel shall deliberate in the absence of the parties.

(3)    Where a Panel sits in public it may, of its own volition or upon the application of a witness or any of the parties, exclude the public for any part of the proceedings provided that it is satisfied that—

(a)    a decision to exclude the public causes no prejudice to the appellant; and

(b)    the decision is made after hearing representations from the parties.

(4)    The Panel may exclude from the whole or part of any hearing, any person whose conduct, in its opinion, has disrupted or is likely to disrupt the proceedings.

Voting

12

(1)    Decisions of the Panel shall be taken by simple majority.

(2)    The Chairman of the Panel shall not have a casting vote.

(3)    No member of the Panel may abstain from voting.

(4)    Where the votes are equal, the Panel shall decide the issue against the appellant.

Service

13

(1)    Any notice required to be given to the appellant in these Rules shall be served in accordance with paragraph 6 of Schedule 3A to the Act (notices).

(2)    If the appellant is represented by a solicitor, any such notice shall also be served at the solicitor's practising address.

(3)    The service of any notice under these Rules may be proved by—

(a)    a confirmation of posting issued by or on behalf of the Post Office, or other postal operator or delivery service; or

(b)    a signed statement from any person serving the notice by hand.

Given under the official seal of the General Medical Council this 25th day of January 2005

Graeme Catto

President

NOTES
Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 1 April 2005: see Preamble.

Professions & Ethics98 Health Professions98 Health Law98

Voting

12

SCHEDULE  The General Medical Council (Registration Appeals Panels Procedure) Rules 2005

The General Medical Council, in exercise of its powers under paragraph 3(1) of Schedule 3B to the Medical Act 1983 and of all other powers enabling it in that behalf, and having consulted such bodies of persons representing medical practitioners, or medical practitioners of any description, as appeared to it requisite to be consulted pursuant to paragraph 3(8) of Schedule 3B to that Act, hereby makes the following Rules:—

Arrangement of Rules

1    Citation and commencement

2    Interpretation

3    Notice of hearing

4    Documents

5    Procedure at the hearing

6    Cost orders

7    Adjournment

8    Representation

9    Absence of the appellant

10    Evidence

11    Public and private hearings

12    Voting

13    Service

Citation and commencement

1

These Rules may be cited as the General Medical Council (Registration Appeals Panels Procedure) Rules 2005, and shall come into force on 1st April 2005.

Interpretation

2

In these Rules—

“the Act” means the Medical Act 1983;

“appealable decision” means an appealable registration decision under paragraph 2 of Schedule 3A to the Act (registration appeals) or a decision of a licensing authority under section 29F(1) of the Act (appeals);

“appeal” means an appeal against an appealable decision, and references to “the appellant” shall be construed accordingly;

“legal assessor” means a person appointed under paragraph 7 of Schedule 4 to the Act;

“Panel” means a Registration Appeals Panel constituted under rules made under paragraph 19C of Schedule 1 to the Act (registration appeals panels);

“party” means the practitioner or the General Council (or their representatives), and references to “the parties” shall be construed accordingly;

“the Presenting Officer” means the representative of the General Council instructed by the Registrar to present the case on behalf of the General Council at any hearing before a Panel, and may include solicitor or counsel;

“registration number” means the unique identification number recorded against a registered medical practitioner's name in the relevant register kept by the Registrar under section 2 of the Act; and

“regulatory body” shall be construed in accordance with section 35C(9) of the Act (functions of the investigation committee).

Notice of hearing

3

(1)    The Registrar shall serve a notice of hearing on the appellant—

(a)    as soon as reasonably practicable following receipt of a notice of appeal under paragraph 4(2) of Schedule 3A to the Act (appeals from appealable registration decisions) or paragraph 1 of Schedule 3B to the Act (manner of, and time for, appealing); and

(b)    no less than 28 days before the date of the hearing.

(2)    The notice of hearing shall—

(a)    specify the date, time and venue of the hearing;

(b)    inform the appellant of his right to attend the hearing and to be represented at it in accordance with rule 8;

(c)    inform the appellant of the power of the Panel to proceed in his absence under rule 9;

(d)    inform the appellant of his right to adduce evidence in accordance with rule 10; and

(e)    inform the appellant of the Panel's powers of disposal under paragraph 4(8) of Schedule 3A to the Act or paragraph 5 of Schedule 3B to the Act (powers of Registration Appeals Panels disposing of an appeal), as appropriate.

(3)    Following service of a notice of hearing under this Rule, the Registrar may, provided that he gives the appellant no less than 7 days' notice, alter the precise time and venue of the hearing.

Documents

4

Before the hearing, the Registrar shall provide the Panel with copies of—

(a)    the appealable decision;

(b)    any documents and advice considered by the person making the appealable decision; and

(c)    where a hearing was held before a Registration Decisions Panel, a copy of any transcript or note taken of those proceedings.

Procedure at the hearing

5

The order of proceedings at the hearing shall be as follows—

(a)    the Panel shall hear and consider any preliminary legal arguments;

(b)    the Chairman of the Panel shall—

(i)    where the appellant is present, require him to confirm his name and, where appropriate, his registration number, or

(ii)    otherwise, require the Presenting Officer to confirm the appellant's name and, where appropriate, the appellant's registration number;

(c)    the Presenting Officer shall—

(i)    address the Panel regarding the background to the appeal, and

(ii)    direct the attention of the Panel to any relevant evidence, including any transcripts of previous hearings relating to the decision that is subject to appeal;

(d)    the appellant may address the Panel on the grounds and reasons for his appeal;

(e)    where the Panel decides to receive oral evidence, witnesses shall be required to take an oath or to affirm, and—

(i)    shall first be examined by the party calling them,

(ii)    may then be cross-examined by the opposing party,

(iii)    may then be re-examined by the party calling them, and

(iv)    may at any time be questioned by the Panel;

(f)    the Panel may receive further evidence and hear any further submissions from the parties; and

(g)    the Panel shall then consider and announce its decision on the appeal and shall give reasons for its decision.

Cost orders

6

(1)    The Panel may, of its own motion or upon the application of a party to the proceedings—

(a)    order that a party should pay all of the other party's reasonable costs of the appeal, or such part of the other party's reasonable costs of the appeal as may be specified in the order;

(b)    determine the amount of costs to be paid under such order; and

(c)    determine the period within which any such costs must be paid.

(2)    Unless it is unable to do so in the particular circumstances of the case, each party shall, no less than 24 hours before the hearing, serve upon the other party a schedule particularising its costs of the appeal.

(3)    When determining whether to make an order for costs, the Panel shall take into account—

(a)    any evidence adduced or submissions made by the parties in relation to the matters for consideration under paragraph (1); and

(b)    any schedule of costs served in accordance with paragraph (2).

(4)    The Panel shall consider and announce any decision it makes in relation to an order for costs under this rule, and shall give reasons for its decision.

Adjournment

7

The Panel may at any time, whether of its own motion or upon the application of a party, adjourn the proceedings until such time and date as it thinks fit.

Representation

8

(1)    At a hearing, the appellant may be represented by—

(a)    a solicitor or counsel;

(b)    a representative from any professional organisation of which he is a member; or

(c)    at the discretion of the Panel, a member of his family or other person.

(2)    A person who gives evidence at a hearing shall not be entitled to represent or accompany the appellant at that hearing.

Absence of the appellant

9

Where the appellant is neither present nor represented at a hearing, the Panel may nevertheless proceed to consider and determine the appeal if it is satisfied that all reasonable efforts have been made to serve the appellant with notice of the hearing in accordance with these Rules.

Evidence

10

(1)    Subject to paragraphs (2) and (3), the Panel may admit any evidence they consider fair and relevant to the case before them, whether or not such evidence would be admissible in a court of law.

(2)    Where evidence would not be admissible in criminal proceedings in England, the Panel shall not admit such evidence unless, on the advice of the legal assessor, they are satisfied that their duty of making due inquiry into the case before them makes its admission desirable.

(3)    No person shall give oral evidence at the hearing unless the Panel considers such evidence is desirable to enable it to discharge its functions.

(4)    Production of a certificate purporting to be under the hand of a competent officer of a Court in the United Kingdom or overseas that a person has been convicted of a criminal offence or, in Scotland, an extract conviction, shall be conclusive evidence of the offence committed.

(5)    Production of a certificate signed by an officer of a regulatory body that has made a determination about the fitness to practise of a person shall be conclusive evidence of the facts found proved in relation to that determination.

(6)    The only evidence which may be adduced by the appellant in rebuttal of a conviction or determination certified in the manner specified in paragraph (4) or (5) is evidence for the purposes of proving that he is not the person referred to in the certificate or extract.

(7)    The appellant may admit a fact or description of a fact, and a fact or description of a fact so admitted may be treated as proved.

(8)    A copy of a document of which the original is admissible may be received by the Panel without strict proof.

Public and private hearings

11

(1)    The Panel shall sit in private, unless an appellant requests it to sit in public.

(2)    The Panel shall deliberate in the absence of the parties.

(3)    Where a Panel sits in public it may, of its own volition or upon the application of a witness or any of the parties, exclude the public for any part of the proceedings provided that it is satisfied that—

(a)    a decision to exclude the public causes no prejudice to the appellant; and

(b)    the decision is made after hearing representations from the parties.

(4)    The Panel may exclude from the whole or part of any hearing, any person whose conduct, in its opinion, has disrupted or is likely to disrupt the proceedings.

Voting

12

(1)    Decisions of the Panel shall be taken by simple majority.

(2)    The Chairman of the Panel shall not have a casting vote.

(3)    No member of the Panel may abstain from voting.

(4)    Where the votes are equal, the Panel shall decide the issue against the appellant.

Service

13

(1)    Any notice required to be given to the appellant in these Rules shall be served in accordance with paragraph 6 of Schedule 3A to the Act (notices).

(2)    If the appellant is represented by a solicitor, any such notice shall also be served at the solicitor's practising address.

(3)    The service of any notice under these Rules may be proved by—

(a)    a confirmation of posting issued by or on behalf of the Post Office, or other postal operator or delivery service; or

(b)    a signed statement from any person serving the notice by hand.

Given under the official seal of the General Medical Council this 25th day of January 2005

Graeme Catto

President

NOTES
Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 1 April 2005: see Preamble.

Professions & Ethics98 Health Professions98 Health Law98

Service

13

SCHEDULE  The General Medical Council (Registration Appeals Panels Procedure) Rules 2005

The General Medical Council, in exercise of its powers under paragraph 3(1) of Schedule 3B to the Medical Act 1983 and of all other powers enabling it in that behalf, and having consulted such bodies of persons representing medical practitioners, or medical practitioners of any description, as appeared to it requisite to be consulted pursuant to paragraph 3(8) of Schedule 3B to that Act, hereby makes the following Rules:—

Arrangement of Rules

1    Citation and commencement

2    Interpretation

3    Notice of hearing

4    Documents

5    Procedure at the hearing

6    Cost orders

7    Adjournment

8    Representation

9    Absence of the appellant

10    Evidence

11    Public and private hearings

12    Voting

13    Service

Citation and commencement

1

These Rules may be cited as the General Medical Council (Registration Appeals Panels Procedure) Rules 2005, and shall come into force on 1st April 2005.

Interpretation

2

In these Rules—

“the Act” means the Medical Act 1983;

“appealable decision” means an appealable registration decision under paragraph 2 of Schedule 3A to the Act (registration appeals) or a decision of a licensing authority under section 29F(1) of the Act (appeals);

“appeal” means an appeal against an appealable decision, and references to “the appellant” shall be construed accordingly;

“legal assessor” means a person appointed under paragraph 7 of Schedule 4 to the Act;

“Panel” means a Registration Appeals Panel constituted under rules made under paragraph 19C of Schedule 1 to the Act (registration appeals panels);

“party” means the practitioner or the General Council (or their representatives), and references to “the parties” shall be construed accordingly;

“the Presenting Officer” means the representative of the General Council instructed by the Registrar to present the case on behalf of the General Council at any hearing before a Panel, and may include solicitor or counsel;

“registration number” means the unique identification number recorded against a registered medical practitioner's name in the relevant register kept by the Registrar under section 2 of the Act; and

“regulatory body” shall be construed in accordance with section 35C(9) of the Act (functions of the investigation committee).

Notice of hearing

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(1)    The Registrar shall serve a notice of hearing on the appellant—

(a)    as soon as reasonably practicable following receipt of a notice of appeal under paragraph 4(2) of Schedule 3A to the Act (appeals from appealable registration decisions) or paragraph 1 of Schedule 3B to the Act (manner of, and time for, appealing); and

(b)    no less than 28 days before the date of the hearing.

(2)    The notice of hearing shall—

(a)    specify the date, time and venue of the hearing;

(b)    inform the appellant of his right to attend the hearing and to be represented at it in accordance with rule 8;

(c)    inform the appellant of the power of the Panel to proceed in his absence under rule 9;

(d)    inform the appellant of his right to adduce evidence in accordance with rule 10; and

(e)    inform the appellant of the Panel's powers of disposal under paragraph 4(8) of Schedule 3A to the Act or paragraph 5 of Schedule 3B to the Act (powers of Registration Appeals Panels disposing of an appeal), as appropriate.

(3)    Following service of a notice of hearing under this Rule, the Registrar may, provided that he gives the appellant no less than 7 days' notice, alter the precise time and venue of the hearing.

Documents

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Before the hearing, the Registrar shall provide the Panel with copies of—

(a)    the appealable decision;

(b)    any documents and advice considered by the person making the appealable decision; and

(c)    where a hearing was held before a Registration Decisions Panel, a copy of any transcript or note taken of those proceedings.

Procedure at the hearing

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The order of proceedings at the hearing shall be as follows—

(a)    the Panel shall hear and consider any preliminary legal arguments;

(b)    the Chairman of the Panel shall—

(i)    where the appellant is present, require him to confirm his name and, where appropriate, his registration number, or

(ii)    otherwise, require the Presenting Officer to confirm the appellant's name and, where appropriate, the appellant's registration number;

(c)    the Presenting Officer shall—

(i)    address the Panel regarding the background to the appeal, and

(ii)    direct the attention of the Panel to any relevant evidence, including any transcripts of previous hearings relating to the decision that is subject to appeal;

(d)    the appellant may address the Panel on the grounds and reasons for his appeal;

(e)    where the Panel decides to receive oral evidence, witnesses shall be required to take an oath or to affirm, and—

(i)    shall first be examined by the party calling them,

(ii)    may then be cross-examined by the opposing party,

(iii)    may then be re-examined by the party calling them, and

(iv)    may at any time be questioned by the Panel;

(f)    the Panel may receive further evidence and hear any further submissions from the parties; and

(g)    the Panel shall then consider and announce its decision on the appeal and shall give reasons for its decision.

Cost orders

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(1)    The Panel may, of its own motion or upon the application of a party to the proceedings—

(a)    order that a party should pay all of the other party's reasonable costs of the appeal, or such part of the other party's reasonable costs of the appeal as may be specified in the order;

(b)    determine the amount of costs to be paid under such order; and

(c)    determine the period within which any such costs must be paid.

(2)    Unless it is unable to do so in the particular circumstances of the case, each party shall, no less than 24 hours before the hearing, serve upon the other party a schedule particularising its costs of the appeal.

(3)    When determining whether to make an order for costs, the Panel shall take into account—

(a)    any evidence adduced or submissions made by the parties in relation to the matters for consideration under paragraph (1); and

(b)    any schedule of costs served in accordance with paragraph (2).

(4)    The Panel shall consider and announce any decision it makes in relation to an order for costs under this rule, and shall give reasons for its decision.

Adjournment

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The Panel may at any time, whether of its own motion or upon the application of a party, adjourn the proceedings until such time and date as it thinks fit.

Representation

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(1)    At a hearing, the appellant may be represented by—

(a)    a solicitor or counsel;

(b)    a representative from any professional organisation of which he is a member; or

(c)    at the discretion of the Panel, a member of his family or other person.

(2)    A person who gives evidence at a hearing shall not be entitled to represent or accompany the appellant at that hearing.

Absence of the appellant

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Where the appellant is neither present nor represented at a hearing, the Panel may nevertheless proceed to consider and determine the appeal if it is satisfied that all reasonable efforts have been made to serve the appellant with notice of the hearing in accordance with these Rules.

Evidence

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(1)    Subject to paragraphs (2) and (3), the Panel may admit any evidence they consider fair and relevant to the case before them, whether or not such evidence would be admissible in a court of law.

(2)    Where evidence would not be admissible in criminal proceedings in England, the Panel shall not admit such evidence unless, on the advice of the legal assessor, they are satisfied that their duty of making due inquiry into the case before them makes its admission desirable.

(3)    No person shall give oral evidence at the hearing unless the Panel considers such evidence is desirable to enable it to discharge its functions.

(4)    Production of a certificate purporting to be under the hand of a competent officer of a Court in the United Kingdom or overseas that a person has been convicted of a criminal offence or, in Scotland, an extract conviction, shall be conclusive evidence of the offence committed.

(5)    Production of a certificate signed by an officer of a regulatory body that has made a determination about the fitness to practise of a person shall be conclusive evidence of the facts found proved in relation to that determination.

(6)    The only evidence which may be adduced by the appellant in rebuttal of a conviction or determination certified in the manner specified in paragraph (4) or (5) is evidence for the purposes of proving that he is not the person referred to in the certificate or extract.

(7)    The appellant may admit a fact or description of a fact, and a fact or description of a fact so admitted may be treated as proved.

(8)    A copy of a document of which the original is admissible may be received by the Panel without strict proof.

Public and private hearings

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(1)    The Panel shall sit in private, unless an appellant requests it to sit in public.

(2)    The Panel shall deliberate in the absence of the parties.

(3)    Where a Panel sits in public it may, of its own volition or upon the application of a witness or any of the parties, exclude the public for any part of the proceedings provided that it is satisfied that—

(a)    a decision to exclude the public causes no prejudice to the appellant; and

(b)    the decision is made after hearing representations from the parties.

(4)    The Panel may exclude from the whole or part of any hearing, any person whose conduct, in its opinion, has disrupted or is likely to disrupt the proceedings.

Voting

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(1)    Decisions of the Panel shall be taken by simple majority.

(2)    The Chairman of the Panel shall not have a casting vote.

(3)    No member of the Panel may abstain from voting.

(4)    Where the votes are equal, the Panel shall decide the issue against the appellant.

Service

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(1)    Any notice required to be given to the appellant in these Rules shall be served in accordance with paragraph 6 of Schedule 3A to the Act (notices).

(2)    If the appellant is represented by a solicitor, any such notice shall also be served at the solicitor's practising address.

(3)    The service of any notice under these Rules may be proved by—

(a)    a confirmation of posting issued by or on behalf of the Post Office, or other postal operator or delivery service; or

(b)    a signed statement from any person serving the notice by hand.

Given under the official seal of the General Medical Council this 25th day of January 2005

Graeme Catto

President

NOTES
Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 1 April 2005: see Preamble.

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