Our expert lawyers are experienced in advising and representing doctors in both GMC and Trust disciplinary investigations. When an allegation is raised about a doctor, frequently prior to any GMC involvement, there is an investigation at Trust level, which may lead to internal disciplinary hearings.
It is essential that in a Trust investigation the doctor’s interests are protected not just at Trust level, but also with an eye to any potential GMC referral. We understand how one can impact on the other and work hard to ensure that your interests are protected both in the Trust’s disciplinary investigation and in relation to any potential referral to the GMC.
Any documents created, including statements made by a doctor in a Trust’s investigation, will form part of the GMC’s evidence in any subsequent GMC investigation. Our lawyers are mindful that a significant number of GMC referrals are made by Trusts. Where possible we will seek to persuade a Trust that a matter has adequately been dealt with, negating the need for a GMC referral.
Is a doctor entitled to be legally represented before the GMC and Trust disciplinary hearings?
A doctor is always entitled to be legally represented before the GMC. At Trust disciplinary hearings, it depends on the level of misconduct alleged. If misconduct is alleged which could result in a doctor’s dismissal, the doctor is entitled to be legally represented.
Professional legal representation may afford a doctor better protection than an unqualified union representative or assistance by a colleague, in both the GMC and Trust disciplinary investigations.
Can you still help me if I’m not entitled to be legally represented in a Trust disciplinary hearing?
Yes, even if a doctor is not entitled to be legally represented in a disciplinary hearing by an employer, doctors are still entitled to obtain legal advice about their situation. We have experience of guiding doctors through the GMC and Trust disciplinary investigations behind the scenes where necessary, including preparing written representations for a doctor to read at a hearing.
We have experience of guiding doctors through Trust disciplinary investigations, behind the scenes where necessary, including preparing or assisting with written representations for a doctor to read at a hearing.
This can often be a successful strategy where the doctor is keen to achieve the best possible outcome, but at the same time wishes to balance that with their desire to mend their relationship with the Trust and/or key members of their team. Our service is completely confidential and private to you.