At the end of the hearing
Written notification of the outcome
At the end of the hearing, the chair will read out the tribunal’s decision or hand the decision down and the tribunal clerk will give you a written copy.
If the tribunal has decided to suspend your registration or to erase your name from the medical register, you may be asked to sign to confirm that you have received the copy.
If you did not come to the hearing, we’ll immediately send you written confirmation of the outcome by registered post and by email, if you provided the GMC with an email address to be used in relation to fitness to practise matters.
The statutory period to lodge an appeal is 28 days. You can appeal to the High Court in England and Wales (or to the Court of Session in Scotland or High Court of Justice in Northern Ireland) against any tribunal decision that restricts or removes your registration.
The written notification of the hearing outcome will include details of the appeal process. If you received and signed for a notification at the hearing, the 28 days run from the date of the tribunal’s decision. If this did not happen, the 28 days will run from the day on which, as set out in the Medical Act 1983, notification was deemed to have been served on you, by post or email (if you provided the GMC with an email address to be used in relation to fitness to practise matters).
If you appeal, any immediate order will take effect, but the sanction will not come into effect until the appeal ends or is withdrawn.
The GMC has the power to appeal if it considers that the hearing outcome is not sufficient for the protection of the public (which is the GMC’s overarching objective).
The Professional Standards Authority may also refer decisions that they think are not sufficient for the protection of the public.