Expert Witness

Rose Mangan made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to General Medical Council

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Dear General Medical Council,

I am wanting to know if you are not on the specialist register are you still able to carry out medico-legal orthopaedic reports?

The expert is registered with a licence to practise, just not on the specialist register.

Yours faithfully,
Rose Mangan

FOI, General Medical Council

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FOI, General Medical Council

Dear Ms Mangan,

Your information request – IR1-3055274946
Thank you for your email dated 18 May, in which you ask to know if a doctor not registered on the specialist register can carry out medico-legal orthopaedic reports.

How we will consider your request
We’re going to 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
Louise Gormley will be handling your request. If you have any questions you can contact her via email at [email address].

Yours sincerely
Lauren Barrowcliffe
Information Access Team Assistant

[email address]
General Medical Council
3 Hardman Street
Manchester
M3 3AW

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Louise Gormley (0161 923 6311), General Medical Council

Our reference: IR1-3055274946

 

Dear Ms Mangan

 

Thank you for your request about doctors who can carry out medico-legal
orthopaedic reports.

 

We don’t set particular requirements for who can carry out specific types
of medical reports. We do expect doctors recognise and work within the
limits of their competence (paragraph 14 of Good medical practice) and
that they are honest and trustworthy about their experience,
qualifications and current role (paragraph 66 of Good medical practice).

 

In terms of writing reports, again in our guidance Good medical practice ,
we say

 

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You must be honest and trustworthy when writing reports, and when
completing or signing forms, reports and other documents.^22 You must make
sure that any documents you write or sign are not false or misleading.

a.    a. You must take reasonable steps to check the information is
correct.

b.    b. You must not deliberately leave out relevant information.

And at paragraph 18 of Good medical practice we say:

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You must understand and follow the law and codes of practice that affect
your role as an expert witness. You should consider undertaking training
for the role, where available (for example, from your medical defence body
or your employer’s legal department). In particular, you should make sure
you understand:

a.    a. how to write a report that follows the procedures set out by the
courts

b.    b. how to give oral evidence.

We also have the following guidance:

[1]Guidance for doctors acting as a witness in legal proceedings

 

I hope the above information is useful.

 

If I can be of any further assistance please let me know.

 

Kind regards

 

Louise

 

Louise Gormley

Information Access Officer
Resources Directorate
 
Direct Line: 0161 923 6311
Email:        [2][email address]
Website:    [3]www.gmc-uk.org
Address:    Information Access Team
                 General Medical Council
                 3 Hardman Street

                 Manchester

                 M3 3AW

 

Working with doctors Working for patients

The General Medical Council helps to protect patients and improve medical
education and practice in the UK by setting standards for students and
doctors. We support them in achieving (and exceeding) those standards, and
take action when they are not met.

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