GMC review hearings
Produced in partnership with Andrew Hockton of Serjeants’ Inn Chambers
GMC review hearings

The following Corporate Crime guidance note Produced in partnership with Andrew Hockton of Serjeants’ Inn Chambers provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • GMC review hearings
  • What is a review hearing?
  • Guidance on review hearings
  • Procedure at review hearings
  • Powers of a MPT at review hearings
  • Review hearings and new allegations
  • Review on the papers
  • Procedure at a non-compliance review hearing

What is a review hearing?

The rules relating to review hearings are contained in rules 18–22 of the General Medical Council (Fitness to Practise) Rules Order of Council 2004, (GMC Fitness to Practise Rules 2004), SI 2004/2608. They apply to hearings where a direction may be made under the Medical Act 1983 (MeA 1983).

At a review hearing, a Medical Practitioners Tribunal (MPT) must determine:

  1. whether a practitioner's fitness to practise remains impaired, or

  2. whether the practitioner has breached any conditions imposed on his registration

The GMC Fitness to Practise Rules 2004 stipulate that, before a review hearing, the Registrar of the GMC must consider the directions made by a MPT at a previous hearing.

The Registrar may:

  1. carry out any investigations that he considers necessary

  2. obtain expert reports on clinical or other matters

  3. invite the practitioner to undergo a health or performance or knowledge of English assessment

Guidance on review hearings

GMC Guidance on the Fitness to Practise Rules 2004 states that an order suspending or restricting a practitioner's practice will generally be reviewed by a MPT before the end of the period of suspension or conditions imposed. In some cases, eg following a short period of suspension, there will be no value in a review hearing. But in most cases where an order for suspension is imposed, and