Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2012] All ER (D) 115 (Oct)
Neutral Citation: [2012] EWHC 2688 (Admin)
Court: Queen's Bench Division, Administrative Court (London)

Ouseley J

Representation Nicholas Peacock (instructed by Eastwoods Solicitors) for the claimant.
  Timothy Dutton QC (instructed by GMC Legal) for the defendant.
Judgment Dates: 10 October 2012


Medical practitioner - Disciplinary proceedings - Professional Conduct Committee of the General Medical Council - Claimant consultant psychiatrist being instructed to provide expert report in murder trial - Judge referring claimant to defendant General Medical Council (GMC) - GMC ruling, inter alia, misconduct - Claimant appealing - Whether GMC erring.

The Case

Medical practitioner Disciplinary proceedings. The claimant had been suspended by the fitness to practise panel of the defendant General Medical Council following findings that the claimant's fitness to practise had been impaired by misconduct relating to evidence he had given as an expert witness for the defence in a murder trial. The Administrative Court, in dismissing the claimant's appeal, held that the panel's findings had been correct and that the sanction imposed on the claimant (a suspension of his registration for four months followed by a review after the expiry of the four-month suspension) had been appropriate.

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