Referral for a hearing at the MPTS
We will refer the doctor to a medical practitioners tribunal hearing at the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS) where:
- the allegations against the doctor suggest such a serious failure of the doctor to meet our standards that, if proven, their fitness to practise would be impaired. These would include:
- sexual assault or indecency
- improper sexual or emotional relationships
- knowingly practising without a licence
- unlawfully discrimination
- dishonest and gross negligence
- recklessness about a risk of serious harm to patients.
- a doctor has received a custodial or non-custodial conviction, caution or a determination from another regulatory body
- a doctor refuses to agree undertakings.
The MPTS operates a public hearing service and their decisions are fully independent of our investigations.
If a medical practitioners tribunal hearing finds that a doctor’s fitness to practise is impaired, it can:
- take no action
- agree to undertakings offered by the doctor at hearing
- put conditions on the doctor’s registration, which restricts what a doctor is allowed to do
- stop a doctor from working as a doctor for a set period of time (suspension)
- erase the doctor from the medical register to stop them practising (erasure).
If a tribunal hearing finds a doctor is not impaired, it may still issue a warning to the doctor.