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19th Feb 2020Newsletters

Safeguarding and extending time limits

BB v Disclosure and Barring Service (extension of time) [2019] UKUT 366 (AAC) The Disclosure and Barring Service’s (“DBS”) public function runs in parallel with that of our medical regulatory bodies. It exercises its brutal binary function, barring or not barring professionals from working with children and vulnerable adults, without anything in between. It does […]

19th Feb 2020Newsletters

Replacing a Warning:

R (Bramhall) v. GMC [2019] EWHC 3525 (Admin) In the widely reported case of Simon Bramhall – a surgeon who branded the livers of patients on whom he had performed transplant surgery – the High Court has ruled that, following Mr Bramhall’s conviction, the GMC’s decision to effectively reverse a warning he had previously been […]

19th Feb 2020Newsletters

When is strike-off all but automatic?

SRA v Mohammed Dar [2019] EWHC 2831 There has long been an issue with some regulators wanting to establish something of a tariff for certain disciplinary offences, particularly dishonesty. Many defence practitioners will remember the overuse of Parkinson v NMC [2010] EWHC 1898 (Admin) where a rule of law seemed to be created from an […]

19th Feb 2020Newsletters

Dishonesty re-visited

Uwen v General Medical Council [2019] EWHC 3483 (Admin) On December 20th 2019, Mrs Justice McGowan heard an appeal brought by Doctor Uwen against a decision of the Medical Practitioners’ Tribunal that she had behaved dishonestly and erasing her from the register. The facts of the case were very simple: Dr Uwen, a consultant psychiatrist […]

19th Feb 2020Newsletters

What is a rare and exceptional circumstance?

Gupta v GMC, [2020] EWHC 38 (Admin) In a judgment handed down last month the High Court maintained its steadfast approach to appeal time limits. The message that emerged from the ruling was clear: absent something truly exceptional, a late appeal will mean no appeal at all. Dr. Gupta had been erased from the medical register […]