“Introduction by Sir Ian Kennedy
(i) I was asked by the Minister of State for Health to convene a working group, on behalf of all UK Health Departments, to support the establishment of the proposed independent Office of the Health Professions Adjudicator. This report sets out the draft recommendations of the Working Group “Tackling Concerns Nationally”, one of the seven Working Groups that report to the “Professional Regulation and Patient Safety Programme Board”.
(ii) Lady Justice Smith’s fifth report of the Shipman Inquiry1 recommended as regards the General Medical Council (GMC), a clearer separation of adjudication from the GMC’s other functions. In Lady Justice Smith’s view the benefits of the model she proposed were:
the absolute separation that it created between investigation and adjudication;
the greater confidence that the public might have that decisions were being made
purely on the merits of a case……….”