Dastagir v General Medical Council

Medical practitioner – Disciplinary proceedings. The claimant general practitioner applied to terminate an interim order of suspension made against him, pending his trial for blackmail. The Administrative Court, in dismissing the application, held that the serious nature of the allegations meant that there was a real likelihood of serious damage to public confidence in the profession if the claimant was allowed to continue to practise pending trial. It had been in the public interest for an interim order of suspension to be made, and any breach of art 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights had been justified and proportionate.

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