Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2012] All ER (D) 31 (Dec)
Neutral Citation: [2012] EWHC 2435 (Admin)
Court: Queen's Bench Division, Administrative Court (Manchester)

Judge Raynor QC sitting as a judge of a High Court

Representation The appellant appeared in person.
  Shelley Brownlee (instructed by the Nursing and Midwifery Council) for the respondent.
Judgment Dates: 8 August 2012


Medical practitioner - Professional misconduct - Charge of professional misconduct - Nurse - Appellant nurse facing misconduct allegations following treatment of patient in police station - Appellant not attending disciplinary hearing nor sending representative on her behalf - Disciplinary panel finding allegations proved - Appellant being struck off nursing register - Appellant appealing - Whether disciplinary panel erring.

The Case

Medical practitioner Professional misconduct. The appellant, a nurse, had faced a number of misconduct charges and had not attended a scheduled disciplinary hearing convened by a panel of the Nursing and Midwifery Council. Neither had she forwarded any points in mitigation, and, inter alia, had not provided a representative to appear on her behalf. Following allegations being found proved, the appellant was struck off from the nursing register. The Administrative Court, in dismissing the appellant's appeal, held, inter alia, that on the facts of the case, the disciplinary panel's decision had been inevitable.

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