Training & Knowledge: July 2015

10th Jul 2015Articles

Religion, Tolerance & Freedom – What Private Views Can A Teacher Express?

I recently had the dubious privilege of presenting the case for the teaching regulator (the National College for Teaching and Leadership) against a teacher accused of telling a class of sixth-form girls that he was ‘allergic to Mohammedans’ and that all Muslims worshipped the devil, among other things. The registrant was employed temporarily to teach […]

10th Jul 2015Articles

Will Proposed Pharmacy Law Changes Help The Medicine Go Down?

In February 2015, the Department of Health issued a 53-page consultation document entitled ‘Rebalancing Medicines Legislation and Pharmacy Legislation: Draft Orders under section 60 of the Health Act 1999’. Comments and views were sought on two pharmacy related draft Orders being made under the powers of Section 60 of the Health Act 1999 – the […]

10th Jul 2015Articles

New Guidance From The GDC – Insight, Candour And A Whole Lot More

The General Dental Council has recently published new guidance for the Professional Conduct Committee, including Indicative Sanctions Guidance, which came into effect on 6 April 2015. It is important that all practitioners, whether representing the Council or the registered professional, are familiar with it. Most of the document will be familiar to practitioners in healthcare […]

10th Jul 2015Articles

New Evidence On Appeal – A More Relaxed Approach?

This recent appeal I conducted turned primarily on a novel point of procedure. Is a panel permitted to hear new evidence after it has disseminated its draft findings? In doing so, however, it also addressed the law regarding the use of new evidence on appeals. The court’s efforts to soften the old Ladd v Marshall […]

10th Jul 2015Articles

Dishonesty After Kirschner: Is the Ghosh Test on its way out?

The Ghosh test remains the test for dishonesty in professional discipline proceedings despite the dissatisfaction with it expressed by Mostyn J in May, giving judgment in the case of Kirschner v GDC [2015] EWHC 1377 (Admin). The dentist was charged with a very large number of failings, some of which alleged dishonesty. Of the dishonesty […]

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