GP protection is boosted by ruling

GPs may be able to demand legal representation if their PCT seeks to remove them from the performers' list.

A ruling by the Court of Appeal found that, under the Human Rights Act, hospital doctors employed by the NHS have the right to legal representation in internal hearings that could have serious consequences for their career.

A spokesperson from the law firm Browne Jacobson said: 'The ruling could also apply to GPs facing a similar situation in which they faced the threat of being removed from the medical performers' list for GPs by their local PCT.'

A spokesperson for the Medical Protection Society (MPS)said all medical professionals should be aware that 'legal representation has been provided where it might not have been before'. The MPS said this gives others the licence to argue they have a similar claim.

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