Pre hearing information
The tribunal will reconvene to continue to inquire into the allegation that on 8 July 2014, Dr Hirsch failed to conduct an appropriate assessment of Patient A’s capacity to conduct proceedings in the Family Court. It is alleged that on 11 July 2014, Dr Hirsch completed a Certificate of Capacity to Conduct Court Proceedings. It is further alleged that Dr Hirsch’s conduct in completing this certificate was dishonest with regard to information he included within it.
It is alleged that on or around 19 March 2015, Dr Hirsch was instructed by Patient A’s solicitor to prepare an independent report for the purpose of Tribunal proceedings and Dr Hirsch charged a fee which included an amount to be paid by Patient A, without first ensuring that Patient A had capacity to agree to such fees.
It is alleged that on 27 March 2015, Dr Hirsch undertook a psychiatric assessment of Patient A during which he failed to obtain an adequate medical history or conduct an adequate and appropriate mental state examination.
It is alleged that on 7 April 2015, Dr Hirsch produced a report in relation to his psychiatric assessment of Patient A in which he failed to adequately document his mental state exam of Patient A and failed to appropriately diagnose Patient A.
It is alleged that on or around 6 May 2015, Dr Hirsch undertook a further psychiatric assessment of Patient A. It is further alleged that he gave evidence to a tribunal during which he falsely concluded that Patient A did not have a mental disorder. It is alleged that Dr Hirsch’s actions in this regard were misleading and dishonest.
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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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.