Bridget Dolan represented the parents of Sally Mays at the inquest into her death in October 2015.

The Senior Coroner for Hull found that the decision by senior psychiatric nursing staff to refuse Sally a hospital bed when she was in obvious need of admission, was an “unconscionable and quixotic decision” following a “lamentable”, “perfunctory and slipshod assessment” of Sally. 

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We also won Professional Discipline Set of the Year for the second year running and were one of five finalists for Client Service Set of the Year, with Anthony Haycroft a runner up for Professional Discipline Junior of the Year.

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..."