Dr Frances SANDERS

Medical practitioners tribunal – New Hearing scheduled
Outcome on impairment
Hearing not yet held
Summary of outcome
Hearing not yet held
Type of case
Misconduct, Conviction / Caution
Hearing date from
11 Jan 2021
Hearing date to
19 Jan 2021
Location of hearing
This is a virtual hearing. It is possible to observe proceedings from our Manchester hearing centre. Please give us 14 days' notice if you would like to attend, so arrangements can be made. Contact us about observing this hearing
GMC reference number
Area of practice
Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole

Pre hearing information


The tribunal will inquire into the allegation that, between September and October 2017, Dr Sanders issued NHS prescriptions to a vulnerable patient, Patient A, in order to pursue a sexual relationship with him. It is also alleged that Dr Sanders failed to record prescriptions she had issued to Patient A in his medical records and that she issued prescriptions to him when he was no longer a patient at her practice.

It is further alleged that, on 24 December 2017 and 18 February 2018, Dr Sanders issued prescriptions to two patients who were not registered at her practice and that she failed to inform the patient’s General Practitioners that she had done so.

In addition, it is alleged that on 13 December 2019 at Poole Magistrates’ Court, Dr Sanders was convicted of driving a motor vehicle on 21 September 2019 when the proportion of a controlled drug exceeded the specified limit.

We expect parts of this case to be heard in private.



This reflects the allegation as it stands at the start of the hearing. The allegation may be amended as the hearing proceeds and when findings of fact are made by the tribunal.


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Private hearings

In accordance with Rule 41(2) of the General Medical Council (Fitness to Practise) Rules 2004, the tribunal may decide to exclude the public from the proceedings or any part of the proceedings, where they consider that the circumstances of the case outweigh the public interest in holding the hearing in public.