Healthcare (Presenting for the General Medical Council)
David has two decades of experience in the criminal courts and the disciplinary tribunals. He has dealt with a wide range of cases at the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service, presenting on behalf of the General Medical Council.
David’s experience and skills led to his appointment to a number of national panels, including the highest grade of CPS advocates, the Attorney-General’s Unified List of Prosecutors and the list of Specialist Regulatory Advocates. He is also on the Rape and Serious Sexual Offences panel.
David is a dedicated advocate who prides himself on extremely thorough preparation and close attention to detail. The UK’s Legal Directories regularly recommend David as “a superb advocate” who is “very hardworking” with “exceptional” client-care skills (see Recommendations section).
David has a particular interest in healthcare regulation. He regularly conducts training courses around the UK for healthcare professionals including nurses, midwives and doctors at all levels. His training deals with such topics as “Expert Witnesses”, “Expert Reports”, “Giving Evidence”, “The Duty of Candour”, “Root Cause Analysis in NHS Incident Management” and “Safeguarding”. David’s in-depth knowledge of these areas and his previous experience as an educator have resulted in glowing feedback from doctors, nurses, managers and NHS directors.
David was Visiting Lecturer in “Professional Discipline” at the BPP University on the Bar Professional Training Course (2015-2017). His courses focussed exclusively on law and procedure in disciplinary proceedings for healthcare professionals.
GMC v Dr M (2020) – Fitness to Practice hearing dealing with ongoing illicit drug abuse by an anaesthetist – the doctor was suspended for a period of 12 months
GMC v Dr T (2018) – Fitness to Practise hearing – alleged failings by General Practitioner properly to diagnose ophthalmic shingles/sepsis and failure to record details of consultations.
GMC v Dr N (2017) – Fitness to Practise Hearing – anaesthetist working as a locum doctor on board a cruise ship for two months having had her licence to practise withdrawn. The issue in the case was dishonesty.
GMC v Dr F (2017) – Fitness to Practise Hearing – non-compliance by doctor due to his failure to undertake an assessment of knowledge of the English language.
GMC v Dr D (2016) – Fitness to Practise Review – consultant cosmetic surgeon found to have provided poor clinical care following a breast augmentation operation.
GMC v Dr T (2016) – Fitness to Practise Review – general practitioner suffering with alcoholism.
GMC v Mr S (2015) – Fitness to Practise Review – consultant orthopaedic surgeon suspended from the register for assaulting a bus driver.
GMC v Dr L (2015) – Fitness to Practise Hearing – doctor erased from the register having been convicted in the criminal jurisdiction of serious sexual offences against boys aged 12 to 15 years.
GMC v Dr Y (2015) – Fitness to Practise Hearing – consultant audiologist erased from the register having been convicted in the criminal jurisdiction of voyeurism offences arising from over 1000 covert video recordings he had made over a three year period. The footage was of patients, colleagues and others engaging in acts of personal hygiene and the recordings often captured images of genitalia.
GMC v Dr B (2015) – Fitness to Practise Review – ophthalmologist suffering with alcoholism.
GMC v Dr F (2015) – Fitness to Practise Review – consultant anaesthetist suspended from the register having been convicted in the criminal jurisdiction of offences arising from his use of a covert camera to record images inside ladies’ skirts whilst in a public place.
GMC v Dr G (2015) – Fitness to Practise Review – doctor facing allegations of misconduct having admitted the theft of prescriptions and forgery of documents in order to obtain drugs for personal use.
GMC v Dr S (2015) – Fitness to Practise Review – doctor facing allegations of misconduct arising from her assault of a child.
GMC v Dr M (2015) – Fitness to Practise Review – trainee general practitioner facing allegations of misconduct arising from his sexual relationship with a patient.
GMC v Mr R (2015) – Fitness to Practise Review – consultant orthopaedic surgeon placed on conditional registration for deficient professional performance arising from a range of issues including poor record-keeping and his methods of obtaining patient consent.