The General Medical Council1 is subject to the oversight of the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care2 and must in the exercise of its functions co-operate with the Authority3. Where it considers that it would be desirable for the protection of members of the public, the Authority has power to refer to the High Court: (1) a direction4 by a medical practitioners tribunal of the General Medical Council that the fitness to practise of a medical practitioner was impaired5; (2) a direction6 by a medical practitioners tribunal of the General Medical Council for suspension of a person's
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