GMC consults on fitness-to-practise case management

The General Medical Council (GMC) is examining whether pre-hearing arrangements before fitness-to-practise cases can be improved.

This will include whether there can be more effective communication between doctor and defence teams in order to agree sensible time estimates.

The consultation paper asks for views on whether the parties can take steps to narrow the issues in dispute and what steps the GMC could take to ensure that pre-hearing arrangements are adhered to.

Paul Philip, the GMC's director of standards and fitness to practise, said: ‘Proposed changes to the way in which hearings are managed are designed to ensure the efficiency and effectiveness of the GMC's processes and we are very keen to seek views and suggestions to help us inform where improvements can be made.

The consultation runs to 10 August.

neil.durham@haymarket.com

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