Fitness to Practise Panel / Professional Conduct Committee

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William Thackeray

Dear Sir or Madam,


During the past 5 years, has there been a Code of Conduct (or similar rules) for members of the Fitness to Practise Panel / Professional Conduct Committee? If so, please provide a copy.


If there is such a code of conduct, have any members of the Panel/Committee been in breach of that code during the past 5 years?

If so, please provide details of the breach, and of the action taken by the GMC in response to that breach.

I am aware that it may be necessary for you to redact documents in order to avoid breaching the Data Protection Act in respect of individual Panel/Committee members.

Yours faithfully,

William Thackeray

FOI, General Medical Council

Our ref: F09/2122/EH

Dear Mr Thackeray

Information Request

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Elizabeth Hiley (0161 923 6314), General Medical Council

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<<Code of conduct.doc>> Our ref: IAT/F09/2122/EH

Dear Mr Thackeray

Thank you for your email below.

Your request has been considered in accordance with the Freedom of
Information Act 2000.

I have attached a copy of the code of conduct as requested.

We hold information relating to nine breaches of our code of conduct
over the last five years. The details are set out below.

Three concerned the behaviour of the panellist during a hearing. Of
these three, two resigned, and one was temporarily suspended then
reinstated following remedial training.

One concerned disclosure of confidential information during a training
session. The matter was discussed with the individual with no further
action taken.

Two concerned the non-declaration of interests. The matter was discussed
with one individual with no further action taken. One resulted in the
termination of the individual's contract.

Three concerned publishing articles in the medical press regarding
issues involving the GMC without receiving prior consent. All three were
reminded of the need to obtain approval before submitting such articles.

If you have any further queries regarding this request please contact
me. If you have any concerns regarding the handling of this request
please contact Julian Graves, Information Access Manager, at
[email address].

Yours sincerely

Elizabeth Hiley
Information Access Officer
Tel no: 0161 923 6314
Email: [email address]

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William Thackeray

Dear Elizabeth,

Thank you for your useful and informative response to my FOI request.

Yours sincerely,

William Thackeray

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