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Costs and the GMC FTP Stage
Dr L wrote:
Does the GMC seek to recover the costs of a Fitness to Practise hearing from a doctor?
DDS Reply: The GMC does not seek generally seek to recover costs of the case in fitness to practise proceedings. However, new provisions enable the GMC to apply for costs where a doctor has acted unreasonably. The position is different on appeal from fitness to practise determinations, where costs risks apply from the outset.
Doctors and Police Cautions
Dr S asked:
Do I need to refer a police caution to the GMC?
DDS Reply: The code of conduct, Good Medical Practice, requires that all police cautions or similar are self-reported to the GMC by the doctor who receives one. For more information on police cautions and criminal convictions and the way the GMC deals with such matters, see our article: Police Cautions and Convictions