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GP registration delayed until 2013

GP practices will soon have to be registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The government have recently announced that this registration will take effect by April 2013, rather than April 2012, as originally intended. It is reported that CQC asked…

R (Bonhoeffer) vGMC [2011] EWHC 1585 (Admin)

Background facts 1. Professor Bonhoeffer faced allegations before a Fitness to Practise Panel [FTPP] that he had been guilty of serious sexual misconduct while working in Kenya. The complaint was made in 2009. 2. A Metropolitan Police investigation in…

How do you assess Best Interests?

The Court of Protection has recently provided guidance[1] on how to assess what is in an individual’s best interests under the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA) and particularly the extent to which an incapacitated individual’s own or potential wishes should…

Impact on the Jackson Reforms on Defendants

Reform of civil litigation funding has been well overdue. The proposed reforms, as outlined by Lord Justice Jackson, have however been the criticism of many Claimant’s solicitors. Despite their protests, the Government have announced their intention to press ahead with…

Vetting and Barring Scheme – An Update

As referred to in previous briefings [1], the Vetting and Barring Scheme which was due to come into force in 2010 was suspended by the coalition government and a review of the Scheme was carried out. The government has recently…

Article 6 and the right to practise a profession

R (on the application of Mr Rajiv Puri) v Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust [2011] EWHC 970 (Admin) The Court of Appeal decision of Kulkarni[1] represented a significant development in the law relating to NHS healthcare professionals facing disciplinary…

Challenging Expulsion from University

It is increasingly common for doctors and dentists to undertake postgraduate degrees as part of their ongoing professional development. For such professionals, expulsion from a University course of study could have devastating professional consequences. The same is true for undergraduates…

Pitfalls with GP premises leases

Minimising premises risk GPs may not realise it but their leases of practice premises could hide a number of very significant risks. Those risks can impact financially upon the practice as a whole and on the partners personally. The best time…

Inquests Be Prepared!

The number and range of Inquests seem to have increased dramatically in the last decade. One of the influential factors in this growth has been the need for Courts to comply with the European Convention on Human Rights, since the…