Dishonesty and Denial

Towuaghantse v GMC [2021] EWHC 681 (Admin) Al Nageim v General Medical Council [2021] EWHC 877 (Admin) The steady stream of appeals to the High Court from the Medical Practitioners Tribunal (“MPT”) against findings of dishonesty shows no sign of abating. Two recent cases have produced and illustrated guidance suggesting…

GMC Not Bound by Erroneous First Instance Concession on Appeal

General Medical Council v Zafar [2020] EWHC 246  This article originally appeared in Issue 6 (September 2020). In General Medical Council v Zafar [2020] EWHC 246 a Divisional Court of the High Court affirmed two propositions: one surprising, one not. Unsurprisingly, the court affirmed the proposition that doctors who prepare…

Professional Regulation

(1) General Medical Council (2) Professional Standards Authority for Health & Social Care v Asef Zafar [2020] EWHC 846  This article originally appeared in Issue 5 (May 2020). The Divisional Court substituted a sanction of erasure for a 12 month suspension in this appeal by the GMC and PSA arising…

When Side-Stepping the Agreed Contractual Disciplinary Procedure will be in Breach of Contract

Smo v Hywel Dda University Health Board [2020] EWHC 727  This article originally appeared in Issue 5 (May 2020). The Claimant, a consultant colorectal surgeon, was subject to disciplinary proceedings in respect of conduct and his approach to clinical practice pursuant to "Upholding Professional Standards in Wales" (UPSW) closely modelled…

In Brief – May 2020

In each issue, we try and cover cases in brief which we were unable to cover in full. Below are the cases covered in brief in Issue 5, May 2020. M (Declaration of Death of Child) [2020] EWCA Civ 164 – Issue was whether the child, Midrar, was legally dead…

In Brief – March 2020

In each issue, we try and cover cases in brief which we were unable to cover in full. Below are the cases covered in brief in Issue 4, March 2020. Attorney General of St Helena v AB and others (St Helena) [2020] UKPC 1 – Privy Council decision considering whether…

Dishonesty – Serious Professional Misconduct

Collen Nkomo v General Medical Council [2019] EWHC 2625 (Admin)  This article originally appeared in Issue 3 (November 2019). The High Court dismissed an appeal of a locum general practitioner against the decision of the Medical Practitioners Tribunal (“the Tribunal”) erasing his name from the register of medical practitioners.  Background …