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The outcome of applications for restoration to the Medical Register following disciplinary erasure.

Authors
  • Milroy, Bryony Kp1
  • David, Timothy J2
  • Ellson, Sarah3
  • 1 Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester, UK.
  • 2 Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK.
  • 3 Fieldfisher LLP, Manchester, UK.
Type
Published Article
Journal
The Medico-legal journal
Publication Date
Dec 14, 2020
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1177/0025817220960605
PMID: 33307978
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

In the period 1 January 2012 to 30 June 2020, 76 doctors whose names/entries had been erased from the UK Medical Register by a disciplinary tribunal applied for restoration, and 23 out of 76 (30.3%) applications granted. In 5 of the 53 of those refused restoration, the tribunal suspended indefinitely the right to make further applications. The most frequent reasons for refusal were failure to demonstrate insight (seen in 96%), failure to demonstrate remediation (seen in 79%), and failure to demonstrate that knowledge and skills were up to date (24.5%). Success was more common in UK graduate applications (14/29 - 48.3%) than non-UK graduate applications (9/37 - 24.3%), and in those legally represented (16/29 - 55.2%) than in those without legal representation (7/29 - 24.1%), but the data does not indicate the reasons for these differences. Disciplinary erasure need not necessarily be for life as doctors who learn from their experience, change their ways, and provide evidence of genuine insight and remediation along with up to date knowledge and skills can successfully be reinstated on the register.

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