New Fitness to Practise Rules

They include removing the need to read out the written allegations at the start of a hearing, improving arrangements for witnesses to submit evidence by video or telephone and ensuring witnesses are told in advance if they need to give evidence in person.

The GMC changes are aimed at strengthening case management, improving hearing efficiency and decision-making. The GMC and MPTS are also seeking a number of proposed changes to the Medical Act to further improve fitness to practise work. Subject to a Department of Health consultation, these include giving the GMC the power to appeal MPTS decisions.

The MPTS is part of the GMC. It took over the running of fitness to practise hearings in June 2012. To date it has held more than 300 fitness to practise hearings at its dedicated hearing centre in Manchester, the MPTS.