284. What constitutes misconduct.

Misconduct is not statutorily defined1. The case law does speak of 'conduct meriting the opprobrium of other members of the profession' or conduct considered 'deplorable' by fellow practitioners2. However, misconduct is not simply misconduct in the carrying out of medical work but may include other misconduct provided there is a link with the profession of medicine3. In every case relating to misconduct the Tribunal must first decide whether the facts alleged are proved and then whether, in relation to those facts, the practitioner is guilty of misconduct4. The Tribunal must decide the appropriate standard to which each practitioner must