However, despite your best efforts, there may be instances where a complaint or investigation is launched against you or your practice. In such cases, it is important to have legal representation that is experienced in GDC litigation.
GDC litigation is a complex area of law that requires a deep understanding of the regulations and standards set forth by the GDC. This includes comprehensive knowledge of the Standards for the Dental Team, which sets out the professional standards that all dental professionals must meet, and guidelines on how to comply with these standards.
There are a number of reasons a complaint or investigation may be launched against you or your practice by the GDC. These can include allegations of misconduct, lack of competence, or a breach of the standards set forth by the GDC. It is important to have legal representation that can guide you through the process effectively and ensure that your interests are protected.
One of the first steps in a GDC investigation is the evidence-gathering stage. This involves witness statements, medical records, and other relevant documentation. We can assist in gathering the relevant evidence in support of a strong defence to present to the GDC in your favour.
If the investigation progresses to a hearing, we can represent you before the GDC’s Professional Conduct Committee (PCC). The PCC is responsible for determining whether there has been a breach of the GDC’s standards and, if so, what sanctions should be imposed, such as a reprimand, suspension, or even removal from the register.
We can also advise you on the appeals process if you are unhappy with the outcome of the hearing. This can include appealing to the High Court if there has been a procedural error or if the decision was unreasonable.
GDC investigations and hearings can be stressful and time-consuming therefore it is important to have legal representation that can guide you through the process and provide you with the support you need. With the right legal representation, you can feel confident that your interests are protected and that you achieve the best possible outcome.
In addition to representing you in GDC litigation, we can also provide you with advice and guidance on how to avoid complaints and investigations in the first place. This can include proactively reviewing your policies and procedures to ensure that they are in compliance with the GDC’s standards.