Hearsay evidence


Hearsay evidence is not admissible in a General Medical Council (GMC) disciplinary hearing where a doctor’s professional life is at stake, the High Court has held.

The Fitness to Practise Panel of the GMC decided that hearsay evidence from a witness in Kenya could be admitted in a case concerning serious sexual misconduct on the part of an eminent paediatric cardiologist working abroad.

The claimant brought a judicial review.  The High Court quashed the Panel’s decision. Lord Justice Laws and Mr Justice Stadlen held that the Panel’s decision to admit hearsay evidence was irrational, and that it breached the claimant’s Art 6 right to a fair hearing.