Convicted sex offender Dr Vijay Mahendran

J Roberts made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to General Medical Council

This request has been closed to new correspondence from the public body. Contact us if you think it ought be re-opened.

Roedd y cais yn rhannol lwyddiannus.

Dear General Medical Council,

The following disturbing headline concerning Dr Vijay Mahendran has appeared in the Daily Mail:

"Senior doctor, 53, is spared jail after repeatedly groping nurses as court hears he previously threatened to kill his wife with scissors and hit a young child in the face"

The sentencing judge indicated that the GMC would be contacted about the matter, which included a suspended prison sentence and an order requiring Dr Mahendran to sign the Sex Offenders Register for ten years.

I have searched your interim orders tribunals register without success to find his GMC number:

"An interim orders tribunal hearing looks at whether a doctor's registration should be restricted while allegations about their conduct are resolved."

Please provide Dr Mahendran's GMC number and confirm the date of any hearing that has been set to consider his case.

Yours faithfully,

J Roberts

FOI, General Medical Council

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FOI, General Medical Council

Dear J Roberts,


Your information request - IR1-2583473591

Thank you for your email dated 8 January, in which you ask for Dr Vijay
Mahendran's GMC number and confirmation of the date of any hearing that
has been set to consider his case. I’m sorry for the delay in
acknowledging your request. This is to a significant amount of requests
being received.


How we will consider your request

You’ve asked that we consider your request under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 (FOIA). The FOIA gives us 20 working days to respond,
but we’ll come back to you as soon as we can.


Who to contact

Christine Abdy will be handling your request. If you have any questions
you can call her on 0161 923 6421 or email her at
[1][email address].


Yours sincerely


Lauren Barrowcliffe

Information Access Team Assistant


[email address]

0161 240 8356

General Medical Council

3 Hardman Street


M3 3AW




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Christine Abdy (0161 923 6421), General Medical Council

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Dear J Roberts


Our ref:  IR1-2583473591

Dr Vijay Mahendran


Thank you for our email of 8 January 2020.  I’ve considered your request
under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA).


I’ve attached a copy of Dr Mahendran’s entry on the publicly accessible
List of Registered Medical Practitioners, available via the GMC website
[1]here; his GMC registration number is 5198149.    


I can’t confirm whether or not any information is held by the GMC or the
Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS) relating to future hearings
about Dr Mahendran.  This is because it would breach data protection
legislation to do so.


We believe it’s reasonable for doctors and complainants to expect that
complaints will be treated as confidential.  If a case progresses to a
public hearing, or the doctor receives a sanction on their registration,
certain information may be made publicly available by the GMC and/or the
MPTS.   Otherwise the information is treated as the confidential personal
data of the doctor and other parties involved. The exemption under the
FOIA is as follows:


Section 40(5B)(a)(i) FOIA applies where the information, if held, would be
the personal data of a third party and where confirming whether it’s held
would breach any of the principles relating to the processing of personal
data listed at Article 5 of the General Data Protection Regulation
(GDPR).  To publicly confirm or deny whether we hold the information would
breach the first principle, which requires that the processing of personal
data is lawful, fair and transparent. I do not believe that any of the
legal bases for processing listed at Article 6 of the GDPR are met and
therefore giving you the information would be unlawful.


The MPTS publishes notices of hearings in accordance with our
[2]Publication and Disclosure Policy.


Your right to appeal


I'm sorry I couldn’t provide all the information you requested. If you
would like to appeal this decision to the Information Access Manager,
please set out your reasons in writing to [GMC request email].  Please note
that we will only usually consider appeals received within 40 working days
of our response. You can also appeal to the [3]Information Commissioner.


Yours sincerely





Christine Abdy

Information Access Officer

General Medical Council

3 Hardman Street

Manchester   M3 3AW





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