Ian Paterson: GMC panel decision.

Chrisjr75 made this Freedom of Information request to General Medical Council

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Dear General Medical Council,

The other day the GMC stated this in response to my recent FOI request regarding Ian Paterson:

"To clarify, we attempted to restrict his practice straight away, but the panel we made our case to was swayed by statements from his employer that his practice was not outside the accepted range. We then sought our own evidence from clinical experts who said his work was seriously below expected standards. That enabled us to apply to a second interim orders panel and in July 2011 he was stopped from doing any further breast surgery."

Please supply all disclosable material relating to both of the above mentioned interim order panels i.e. minutes of the meetings and details of the judgements.

Yours faithfully,


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Dear Chris Jr75,


Your information request - F17/8964/EH


Thank you for your email dated 29 June 2017, in which you ask for all
disclosable material relating to both of the mentioned interim order


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


Elizabeth Hiley will be handling your request. If you have any questions
you can call her on 0161 923 6314 or email her at
[email address].


Yours sincerely




Natasha Whittaker

Information Access Assistant

[email address]

0161 240 8178

General Medical Council

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Elizabeth Hiley (0161 923 6314), General Medical Council

Our reference: F17/8964/EH

Dear Chrisjr75

Thank you for your email below. We have considered your request in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA).

Interim Orders Panels (now Interim Orders Tribunals) meet in private and although any restrictions placed on a doctor's registration are published, details of the matters discussed remain confidential. Therefore the publicly available information is that which is published on the doctor's entry on the list of registered medical practitioners. Dr Paterson's fitness to practise case will shortly be heard by a Medical Practitioners Tribunal, following which further information about the matters considered by the GMC will be made available.

In relation to the full determinations of the IOPs we consider the following exemptions to apply:

Section 40(2), by virtue of section 40(3)(a)(i): This exemption applies where the information is the personal data of a third party and where releasing the information would breach any principle of the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA). In this instance disclosure would breach the first principle of the DPA, which requires the processing of information to be 'fair and lawful'. We believe the conditions in Schedule 2 of the DPA, which are about the processing of personal information, are not met and therefore giving you the information would be unlawful.

FOIA Section 31(1)(g) leading to section 31(2)(d): This exemption relates to information which, if disclosed, would be likely to prejudice our regulatory function of assessing doctors’ fitness to practise. This exemption is subject to a public interest test. We believe that the public interest in withholding the information at this stage outweighs the public interest in disclosure.

You can appeal against this decision to Julian Graves, Information Access Manager. If you want to appeal, please set out your reasons and write to him at [email address]. You can also appeal to the Information Commissioner, the regulator of the FOIA – we can provide more details about this if you need them.

Yours sincerely

Elizabeth Hiley
Information Access Officer
General Medical Council

Telephone: 0161 923 6314
Email: [email address]

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Angela Pollitt left an annotation ()

Hi Chris if you can get a copy of the Manchester evening news paper on the 25/07/2017 don't bother with the story on the Internet as it isn't there its only in the paper on page 3. What it says in the paper regarding Ian Paterson I can't share it on here but I will write what it says in regards to the GMC and his tribrunal.

Yesterday the general medical council (GMC) argued that Paterson's fitness to practice was impaired because of his convictions. Paterson did not attend the medical practitioners tribunal in Manchester and was not legally represented, although he was made aware of the preceedings by post in prison. The tribunal heard that Paterson did not oppose the proceedings and had expressed a wish to be erased from the medical register without the need for a hearing.

Hope that this helps you.