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[F135C Functions of the Investigation CommitteeE+W+S+N.I.

(1)This section applies where an allegation is made to the General Council against—

(a)a fully registered person;

(b)a person who is provisionally registered; or

(c)a person who is registered with limited registration,

that his fitness to practise is impaired.

(2)A person’s fitness to practise shall be regarded as “impaired” for the purposes of this Act by reason only of—

(a)misconduct;

(b)deficient professional performance;

(c)a conviction or caution in the British Islands for a criminal offence, or a conviction elsewhere for an offence which, if committed in England and Wales, would constitute a criminal offence;

(d)adverse physical or mental health; or

(e)a determination by a body in the United Kingdom responsible under any enactment for the regulation of a health or social care profession to the effect that his fitness to practise as a member of that profession is impaired, or a determination by a regulatory body elsewhere to the same effect.

(3)This section is not prevented from applying because the allegation is based on a matter alleged to have occurred—

(a)outside the United Kingdom; or

(b)at a time when the person was not registered.

(4)The Investigation Committee shall investigate the allegation and decide whether it should be considered by a Fitness to Practise Panel.

(5)If the Investigation Committee decide that the allegation ought to be considered by a Fitness to Practise Panel—

(a)they shall give a direction to that effect to the Registrar;

(b)the Registrar shall refer the allegation to a Fitness to Practise Panel; and

(c)the Registrar shall serve a notification of the Committee’s decision on the person who is the subject of the allegation and the person making the allegation (if any).

(6)If the Investigation Committee decide that the allegation ought not to be considered by a Fitness to Practise Panel, they may give a warning to the person who is the subject of the allegation regarding his future conduct or performance.

(7)If the Investigation Committee decide that the allegation ought not to be considered by a Fitness to Practise Panel, but that no warning should be given under subsection (6) above—

(a)they shall give a direction to that effect to the Registrar; and

(b)the Registrar shall serve a notification of the Committee’s decision on the person who is the subject of the allegation and the person making the allegation (if any).

(8)If the Investigation Committee are of the opinion that an Interim Orders Panel or a Fitness to Practise Panel should consider making an order for interim suspension or interim conditional registration under section 41A below in relation to the person who is the subject of the allegation—

(a)they shall give a direction to that effect to the Registrar;

(b)the Registrar shall refer the matter to an Interim Orders Panel or a Fitness to Practise Panel for the Panel to decide whether to make such an order; and

(c)the Registrar shall serve notification of the decision on the person who is the subject of the allegation and the person making the allegation (if any).

(9)In this section—

  • “enactment” includes—

    (a)

    an enactment comprised in, or in an instrument made under, an Act of the Scottish Parliament; and

    (b)

    any provision of, or any instrument made under, Northern Ireland legislation; and

  • “regulatory body” means a regulatory body which has the function of authorising persons to practise as a member of a health or social care profession.]

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F1Pt. V substituted by The Medical Act 1983 (Amendment) Order 2002 (S.I. 2002/3135), art. 13 (with transitional provisions in Sch. 2) (the amendment coming into force in accordance with art. 1(2)(3) of the amending S.I.)

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