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The Court of Appeal has today handed down judgment in Banerjee v General Medical Council [2017] EWCA Civ 78, which concerned whether a hearing before a GMC Fitness to Practise Panel to consider an application for restoration to the medical register was unfair by virtue of the number, nature, tone and content of the questions asked by the Panel members.

 The Court of Appeal upheld the judgment of Walker J, finding that the Panel was entitled to repeatedly question the doctor about the probity of her original application for voluntary erasure, given that she had assured the GMC she did not intend to practise medicine while around the same time seeking employment as a doctor overseas. 

Catherine Callaghan acted for the GMC.