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Brocklebank v General Medical Council [2003] UKPC 57

Professional Conduct - Health Committee imposed conditions on doctor's registration - Doctor's fitness to practise seriously impaired - Drug dependency and harmful use of alcohol - Condition in remission - Although in remission condition would cause serious impairment if it recurred - No need for committee to assess chance of recurrence

26 September 2003

The Health Committee of the General Medical Council directed that a doctor's (B) registration be conditional for nine months on compliance with conditions requiring her: (i) to abstain from all forms or self-medication and alcohol; (ii) to remain under the medical supervision of a consultant psychiatrist; and (iii) to confine her medical practice to National Health posts where she would be under the supervision of another fully registered doctor. B's case first came before the Health Committee in 1997 and since then the committee had suspended her registration on two occasions for periods of four and seven months respectively. B's registration was restored in 2000 subject to conditions. The conditions were continued in 2002. On the basis that B had not demonstrated any overt signs of drug dependency since 1998 and that there was little if any evidence that she had been drinking to excess since February 2002, B submitted that the committee could not properly find that her fitness to pra...

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