Appraisal and doctors in court

A conference report from the BGS Belfast Spring Meeting, by Liz Gill.

The afternoon then turned from patient care strategies to professional conduct with a session on governance and risk management. In her talk entitled, “High Court Avoidance”, Dr Angelique Mastihi from the Medical Protection Society listed reasons doctors might find themselves in court: for clinical negligence, to appeal against a medical practitioners tribunal decision such as a GMC suspension or sanctions or for a judicial review. This was where an individual or a group could ask the court to review the decisions and actions of a public body if they felt, for example, that there had been an unfair decision in tendering or, if they felt a certain type of treatment should be available on the NHS, or where a trust or a patient asked if a proposed treatment would be lawful if given or withheld. Continue reading