George Hugh-Jones QC has secured the acquittal of a spinal surgeon at the GMC. The surgeon faced multiple charges, including substandard surgery and four cases of dishonesty.

George Hugh-Jones QC was instructed by RadcliffesLeBrasseur.

The practitioner, who is  an experienced dentist specialising in oral surgery, faced allegations concerning treatment, planning and obtaining consent in relation to implant treatment.

At the conclusion of a one-week hearing on 16th October 2015, the Committee concluded that his fitness to practise was not impaired.

The practitioner was represented by Andrew Hockton, instructed  by Nailah Heslop-Mears of BLM, London.

Summary: 

  • The Regulators’ response to the Francis Report and the adoption of “A professional duty of candour”
  • The development of guidance to healthcare professionals.
  • The impact of “the professional duty of candour” on disciplinary proceedings: some practical tips on:
    • Rule 7 responses.
    • Witness statements: Should they be provided and if so when?
    • Giving evidence at a disciplinary hearing. 

Introduction

Robert Francis QC (as he then was) opened chapter 22 of his February 2013 inquiry report in the following way:

“Openness, transparency and candour are necessary attributes of organisations providing healthcare services to the public. There is strong evidence based on the actions in particular of the Trust and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) that insufficient observance of these requirements has been prevalent..."

The report commended us, as the only set of chambers featured, as “stand-out” in terms of our success in “facilitating a partnership between clients and Chambers and introducing initiatives to help clients…”.

Click here to read the full report.

We are delighted to have been named Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury Set of the Year at the Legal 500 Bar Awards 2015.

The awards will be presented to the winners at a networking dinner on 10th November 2015. Click here for further information.