511. Investigation of allegations: procedural rules.

511.     Investigation of allegations: procedural rules.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council1 must make rules2 as to the procedure to be followed by the fitness to practise committee3 in considering any allegation4 and before making a striking-off order, a suspension order, a conditions of practice order or a caution order5. The rules must, in particular, make provision:

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    (1)     empowering the fitness to practise committee, before it holds any hearing to which head (5) below applies, where it considers that it would assist it in performing its functions, to hold a preliminary meeting in private attended by the parties7