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The General Medical Council (Suspension and Removal of Members from Office) Rules Order of Council 2004

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Suspension or removal from office

4.  A member shall be removed from office if—

(a)he has been convicted of a criminal offence in the British Islands or has been convicted of an offence elsewhere which, if committed in England or Wales, would constitute a criminal offence, and in either case has had passed on him a sentence of imprisonment (whether suspended or not) for a period of not less than three months without the option of a fine and which has not been quashed on appeal;

(b)he has been—

(i)removed from the office of charity trustee or trustee for a charity by an order made by the Charity Commissioners or the High Court on the grounds of any misconduct or mismanagement in the administration of the charity for which he was responsible or to which he was privy, or which he by his conduct contributed to or facilitated, or

(ii)removed under section 7 of the Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Scotland) Act 1990 (powers of Court of Session to deal with management of charities) from being concerned in the management or control of any body;

(c)his attendance at meetings of the Council or Council committees falls below a minimum level as set out in standing orders of the Council and the Council are satisfied that this is not for reasonable cause;

(d)the Council are satisfied that he has become incapable of performing his duties by reason of his physical or mental health;

(e)he has been subject to an investigation or proceedings concerning his professional conduct by any licensing body anywhere in the world where the final outcome was adverse, and the Council are satisfied that the licensing body’s findings were such that it would be unsuitable for the member to continue to hold office; or

(f)the Council are satisfied that his continued membership is liable to undermine confidence in the regulation of the medical profession.

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