Medical practitioners tribunal – New Hearing scheduled
Outcome on impairment
Hearing not yet held
Summary of outcome
Hearing not yet held
Type of case
Hearing date from
01 Mar 2021
Hearing date to
12 Mar 2021
Previously sat: 16-26 November 2020
Location of hearing
St James’s Buildings, 79 Oxford Street, Manchester, M1 6FQ. 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 attending a hearing
GMC reference number
Area of practice
Newcastle upon Tyne

Pre hearing information


The Tribunal will reconvene to inquire into the Allegation that, following consultations with Patients A, B and C, Dr Matthews failed to consider that sexual abuse was a possible underlying cause for Patient A’s presentations. It is alleged that Dr Matthews acted dishonestly whilst making a statement via a call to Children’s Social Care made at the request of Patient B and in recording untrue information in a record of a consultation with Patient C. It is further alleged Dr Matthews’ actions were on one or more occasion an attempt to conceal and/or undermine any potential allegation(s) of sexual abuse made by Patient A against Patient C.


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.