*Sastry v General Medical Council

Medical practitioner – Disciplinary proceedings. The General Medical Council's jurisdiction, under s 35C of the Medical Act 1983 (concerning allegations of a registered person's unfitness to practice) extended to the activities of registered doctors practising abroad. When considering whether a registrant's fitness to practise had been impaired, concerning professional duties outside the UK, a tribunal had to judge his or her behaviour by reference to UK standards, but taking into account local conditions and practices. The Administrative Court so ruled in dismissing the a doctor's appeal against the Medical Practitioners Tribunal's decision that his fitness to practise had been impaired by reason of misconduct, and to erase him from the medical register in respect of his treatment of a lymphoma patient in India, who had subsequently died.

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