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Arms-length Adjudicators

“David Pearl, National Chair of the MPTS (Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service) outlines the structure and purpose of this tribunal, which was set up to provide a high degree of independence in fitness to practise adjudication of allegations concerning doctors.  The allegations are investigated and prosecuted by the General Medical Council, the MPTS comprising independent registrants, lay members and chairs.   A number of recent developments are discussed, including the trialling of the use of legally qualified chairs in place of legal assessors and the introduction of more robust proactive case management, with a power to order costs.”