Andrew Hockton wins case at GDC

The practitioner, who is  an experienced dentist specialising in oral surgery, faced allegations concerning treatment, planning and obtaining consent in relation to implant treatment.

At the conclusion of a one-week hearing on 16th October 2015, the Committee concluded that his fitness to practise was not impaired.

The practitioner was represented by Andrew Hockton, instructed  by Nailah Heslop-Mears of BLM, London.

The Duty of Candour and Disciplinary Proceedings

Summary

  • The Regulators’ response to the Francis Report and the adoption of “A professional duty of candour”
  • The development of guidance to healthcare professionals.
  • The impact of “the professional duty of candour” on disciplinary proceedings: some practical tips on:
    • Rule 7 responses.
    • Witness statements: Should they be provided and if so when?
    • Giving evidence at a disciplinary hearing.

Will the Duty of Candour lead to a change in culture or practice at inquests?

Introduction

Robert Francis QC (as he then was) opened chapter 22 of his February 2013 inquiry report in the following way:

“Openness, transparency and candour are necessary attributes of organisations providing healthcare services to the public. There is strong evidence based on the actions in particular of the Trust and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) that insufficient observance of these requirements has been prevalent…”