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Timescales for fitness to practise procedures

  1. 148. Medical schools and universities should make sure documentation about their fitness to practise procedures includes timescales for the various stages of the procedures. It should include timescales for the investigation and hearing stages, taking into account how long a student may be prevented from continuing their course.
  2. 149. Any time limits imposed under the process should include reasonable notice periods, which will allow a student enough time to prepare for and attend a hearing. It is in everyone’s best interests for defined timescales to be adhered to if possible, but they should be flexible enough to reflect what is reasonable under the circumstances. It should be possible to shorten timeframes if a student presents an immediate, significant risk or to extend them in exceptional cases to make sure the procedure is fair (for instance, to make sure everyone required to attend the meeting is available).