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Psychiatrist Dr Jane Mary McLennan struck off - COSTS

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Dear General Medical Council,

I am interested in the costs associated with the case of the Edinburgh-based psychiatrist Dr Jane Mary McLennan, who was struck off the medical register. Details of the hearing no longer appear to be available on your website, perhaps deleted after a year in line with your standard policy:

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/m...

Her appeal to the Court of Session was refused ([2020] CSIH 12XA35/19) :

https://www.scotcourts.gov.uk/docs/defau...

The Opinion of the Court records that the MPT hearing comprised 26 days of evidence heard over the course of a year.

I understand that your cost records of cases are limited:

"We are not able to provide an answer to your request as the information is not held. A large part of the cost of carrying out an investigation is the cost of GMC staff working on the case. However, GMC staff do not record how many hours they have worked on a particular investigation. Because of this there is no method by which we could calculate how much was spent on each investigation. I’m sorry I am not able to be more helpful."

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/c...

However, you may be able to provide me with some useful information:

1. Please provide copies of any internal communications referring to the costs of hearing the case of Dr Jane Mary McLennan.

2. Please provide the job titles and salary bands of all GMC/MPTS staff who are required to attend an MPT hearing.

3. Please provide details of the fees generally paid to the tribunal Chair and wing members, if not salaried staff.

4. Please provide details of all allowances available to those participating in a MPT hearing – meals, accommodation etc

5. For the year 2019/20, please provide the total claimed in expenses by those who participated in hearings. Breakdown the figure to show amounts for food, travel, accommodation etc.

6. In the past three years, how many days did the longest five hearing each last?

Yours faithfully,

J Roberts

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Dear J Roberts,

 

Your information request – IR1-2707879438

Thank you for your email dated 4 June, in which you ask for the below:

 

1.  Please provide copies of any internal communications referring to the
costs of hearing the case of Dr Jane Mary McLennan.

 

2.  Please provide the job titles and salary bands of all GMC/MPTS staff 
who are required to attend an MPT hearing.  

 

3.  Please provide details of the fees generally paid to the tribunal
Chair and wing members, if not salaried staff.

 

4.  Please provide details of all allowances available to those
participating in a MPT hearing – meals, accommodation etc

 

5.  For the year 2019/20, please provide the total claimed in expenses by
those who participated in hearings.  Breakdown the figure to show amounts
for food, travel, accommodation etc.

 

6.  In the past three years, how many days did the longest five hearing
each last?

 

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