617. Appeal considered by appeal panel.

Except where the Health and Care Professions Council1 considers an appeal2 itself, an appeal must be considered by an appeal panel3 appointed by the Council for that purpose4. Decisions by an appeal panel are made by a majority vote of those present and, in the event of a tie, the chair has an additional casting vote which must be exercised in favour of the appellant5. The appeal panel may determine an appeal without an oral hearing on the basis of documents provided6. The appeal panel may also hold a preliminary meeting in private if it feels such a meeting