Our expert lawyers are experienced in advising doctors about GMC restoration applications. We work with you throughout the process, providing advice and guidance wherever it’s needed. Our job is to make sure that your case is presented in the best possible light. We will always give you realistic advice about the prospects of you obtaining GMC restoration, based on our experience and knowledge of the GMC.
Doctors can apply for restoration to the register if:
• They were previously granted voluntary erasure;
• They were erased for administrative reasons;
• They were previously erased by a Fitness to Practise Panel.
GMC restoration having been granted voluntary erasure
An application for restoration needs to be lodged with the GMC, together with supporting documentary evidence. If you wish to apply for restoration following a voluntary erasure, contact us for assistance with your application and with answering questions asked by the GMC as part of the process.
GMC restoration following erasure for administrative reasons
If you wish to apply to be restored following erasure for administrative reasons, contact us for assistance with your application and with answering questions asked by the GMC throughout the process.
GMC restoration following erasure by a fitness to practise panel
A doctor who has been erased from the register by a Fitness to Practise Panel can apply for GMC restoration if at least 5 years has lapsed since the date of erasure.
An application for GMC restoration should be submitted together with supporting documentary evidence. The GMC will refer an application for restoration to a Fitness to Practise Panel of the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS). A panel in a hearing will allow a doctor to be restored to the register:
• The circumstances that led to the original erasure;
• The reasons given by the previous panel for erasure;
• Whether the doctor has demonstrated insight;
• What the doctor has done since being erased from the Register;
• The steps taken by the doctor to maintain their medical knowledge and skills;
• Steps taken by the doctor to rehabilitate.
An MPTS Fitness to Practise Panel has no power to grant GMC restoration with conditions or other restrictions and therefore the Panel will need to decide if the doctor is fit to resume unrestricted medical practice.
There is no right to restoration; the burden of proof is on the doctor to demonstrate why their name should be restored and why they are now fit to practise.
If you wish to apply for GMC restoration following erasure by a Fitness to Practise Panel, you should contact us for advice and assistance.