Application of Lawrence v GMC [2015] EWHC 586 (Admin)

In a previous post I highlighted the recent very important case of case of Lawrence v GMC [2015] EWHC 586 (Admin) and the potential ramifications in proceeding to consider impairment and fitness to practice in the absence of a practitioner.

Lawrence v GMC [2015] EWHC 586 (Admin) has now been referred to in a Odedun v GMC March 2015, in which it was indicated that the MPTS would be issuing guidance in relation to it, as well as being cited and considered in Sunda v General Dental Council. In the former case a (probably short but it’s unclear from the judgment) adjournment was granted while the facts determination was emailed to the Doctor. 

In the Sunda the panel decided that notwithstanding their decision to determine facts in the absence of the practitioner they would nonetheless adjourn stage 2: “Given Ms Sunda’s level of engagement to date, the Committee considers that there is a realistic possibility that she may provide further submissions, either written or in person.”