Interim Order Panel

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Dear General Medical Council,

Can you list the names, gender and ethnicity of the panel members and the legal advisers sitting on the IOP cases involving:

Dr Tubonye Harry in April 2011

Dr Shirzad Houshian in August 2012

Dr Abdul Rashid in April 2012

What are your quality assessment processes for reviewing the outcomes of IOP panels?

What feedback or review is in place following high court decisions to quash the above suspensions, if any.

Yours faithfully,

publicresearch

FOI, General Medical Council

Dear Sir or Madam

Your information request F12/5114/LG

Thank you for your email of 13 December 2012 asking for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA).

We will consider your request and give you the information as soon as we can, normally within the 20 working day limit set by the FOIA.

Please note that there may be some information which we cannot release to you under the FOIA. If this is the case, we will let you know why and state the relevant exemptions given in the FOIA. We will also give you information about how to appeal our decision.

I have allocated your request to Louise Gormley. If you have any questions, please contact her on 0161 923 6311 or email [email address].

Kind regards

Gayle Impey

Dr Gayle Impey
Information Access Team Administrator
General Medical Council
3 Hardman Street, Manchester M3 3AW
[email address]
0161 923 6286

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Louise Gormley (0161 923 6311), General Medical Council

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Our reference: F12/5114/LG

 

Dear Sir/Madam

 

Thank you for your email dated 13 December 2012, in which you request
information about Interim Order Panel hearings.

 

Please find below responses to each of your requests:

 

Can you list the names, gender and ethnicity of the panel members and the
legal advisers sitting on the IOP cases involving: Dr Tubonye Harry in
April 2011, Dr Shirzad Houshian in August 2012, Dr Abdul Rashid in April
2012

 

We are under no obligation to confirm or deny if these doctors had an
Interim Orders Panel hearing on the dates you refer to.

 

To explain Section 40(5)(b)(i) of the FOIA states that the duty to confirm
or deny whether information is held does not arise if the act of
confirmation or denial would breach any of the principles of the Data
Protection Act 1998 (DPA).

 

We believe that it is reasonable for doctors to expect that if complaints
including any which led to an IOP hearing whilst we were investigating,
have not progressed to a public hearing, did not result in any action on
their registration or where a warning was given more than five years ago,
the fact such complaints had been made and an IOP hearing occurred would
be kept confidential and would not be released into the public domain.
Therefore, we believe that to confirm or deny whether or not any
information is held beyond that already in the public domain would breach
the first principle of the DPA, which requires that the processing of
personal data is fair and lawful.

 

I attach our publication and disclosure policy which provides some further
information.

 

All publically available information regarding a doctors fitness to
practise history since October 2005 is available on our List Of Registered
Medical Practitioners:

[1]http://www.gmc-uk.org/doctors/register/L...

 

What are your quality assessment processes for reviewing the outcomes of
IOP panels?

 

A selection of decisions are reviewed monthly. Where we identify learning
points these may be shared with panellists and any learning points are
built into the annual training of panellists so that we can continuously
seek to improve the quality of determinations.

 

What feedback or review is in place following high court decisions to
quash the above suspensions, if any.

 

As explained above we are unable to confirm or deny the existence of the
IOP hearings you refer to. But where high court decisions are made, we
review the outcome of the decision and identify any points that may assist
panellists in their future decision making and share this with all
panellists accordingly.   

You do have the right of appeal against this decision. If you wish to
appeal please set out your grounds in writing and send to Julian Graves,
Information Access Manager at [2][email address]

You also have the right of appeal to the Information Commissioner, the
independent regulator of the FOIA and DPA. If appropriate, Mr Graves would
provide the relevant details.

Kind regards

Louise Gormley

Information Access Officer
Registration Directorate
 
Direct Line: 0161 923 6311
Email:        [3][email address]
Website:    [4]www.gmc-uk.org
Address:    Information Access Team
                 General Medical Council
                 3 Hardman Street

                 Manchester

                 M3 3AW

 

 

 

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Dear General Medical Council,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of General Medical Council's handling of my FOI request 'Interim Order Panel'.

The names iof the doctors and the outcomes of the IOP hearings are already published on your website.

Please provide the information requested

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address:
http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/in...

Yours faithfully,

publicresearch

Julian Graves (0161 923 6351), General Medical Council

Dear Sir/Madam

Thank you for your email below. This will receive my attention in line with our comments and complaints procedure for information requests. This sets a target response time of 20 working days. I will endeavour to respond to you within this timeframe.

If you have any further queries in the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours sincerely

Julian Graves

Julian Graves
Information Access Manager
General Medical Council
3 Hardman Street
Manchester
M3 3AW

Tel. no: 0161 923 6351
Email: [email address]

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Courtney Brucato (0161 923 6692), General Medical Council

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Our Ref: F12/5114/LG

Dear Sir/Madam

Please find attached our response to your request for an internal review. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.

Yours sincerely,

Courtney Brucato
Information Access Officer
General Medical Council
3 Hardman Street
Manchester
M3 3AW
 
Phone: 0161 923 6692

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