HC Deb 09 April 2003 vol 403 c323W
Mr. Gardiner

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what lessons he has drawn from the ruling by the General Medical Council in the case of Dr. Gbinghie. [105047]

Ms Blears

The General Medical Council's (GMC) Professional Conduct Committee has found Dr. Gbinghie guilty of serious professional misconduct and placed conditions on his registration for a period of three years.

I understand that following publicity of this case, further allegations have been made and that these will be considered by the GMC.

Under section 29 of the National Health Service Reform and Health Care Professions Act 2002, the newly established Council for the Regulation of Healthcare Professionals, which will become fully operational this year, will in future cases be able to refer a regulatory body's final decision on a fitness to practice case to the High Court where this is necessary for the protection of the public.

In addition the Commission for Healthcare Improvement and the National Care Standards Commission are responsible for checking that systems are in place to ensure that all staff are trained and experienced in the type of duties they are performing.