Dr SA accepted allegations relating to his clinical practise in a field of expertise that he no longer practises in and has not done so for some time. He initially responded to the GMC without taking any legal advice. This was a mistake in a case that could so easily have been dealt with much earlier and saved the doctor a huge amount of stress and anxiety and also money.
Speaking about the case, joint head of chambers, Catherine Stock said:
It is so important for doctors to understand the implications of working in areas which are not their speciality and how that can impact on areas where they are deemed to be highly competent, where they have never had any issue nor complaint and are on a career trajectory.
Ms Stock said that “whilst the outcome for this doctor was that he was found not to be impaired, the case demonstrates the importance of obtaining the correct legal advice from lawyers who specialise in GMC work early.”
Dr SA said:
I am forever grateful to Ms Stock and the Kings View Chambers for taking on my case and guiding me through such a difficult period and making the process as stress free as possible.
Was always reassuring, extremely competent in professional tribunal matters and gave invaluable advice.
We achieved the result we needed and I would always highly recommend you calling Ms Stock to fight your corner should it ever be required.
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