Dr Joseph SMITH

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
09 Dec 2019
Hearing date to
20 Dec 2019
This hearing is also scheduled to sit: 23-27 March 2020.
Location of hearing
St James’s Buildings, 79 Oxford Street, Manchester, M1 6FQ (get directions)
GMC reference number
Area of practice
Knowsley, St. Helens, Central Bedfordshire, Bedford

Pre hearing information


The tribunal will inquire into the allegation that, in March 2018, Dr Smith was scheduled to undertake Out of Hours (OOH) shifts for Hertfordshire Urgent Care (HUC) and failed to attend scheduled OOH shifts at Biggleswade Hospital on various dates. It is also alleged that Dr Smith failed to follow the normal HUC procedure in cancelling OOH shifts in that he did not notify the relevant OOHs GP Supervisor and/or the Clinical Resources Team. It is further alleged that on 14 March 2018, Dr Smith falsely told Dr A in an email that he had tried cancelling his OOHs shifts but the HUC had been unable to cancel them. It is also alleged that on 20 March 2018, during a meeting, Dr Smith falsely told Dr B, his GP trainer, that he had contacted HUC on three occasions advising them to cancel the booked sessions. It is alleged that his actions were dishonest.

In addition, it is alleged that in January 2018, Dr Smith falsified OOHs Feedback Form (the Form) in that he completed the competencies himself when he knew that Dr A had to complete the competencies and sign the form. It is alleged that his actions were dishonest. It is further alleged that in March 2018, Dr Smith made false statements to colleagues regarding the Form and that his actions were dishonest.

Finally, it is alleged that Dr Smith’s communication with colleagues, on dates in March and August 2018, was inappropriate.



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.