Ireland and another v Health and Care Professions Council

Medical practitioner – Professional Conduct Committee. The claimant psychologists were the subjects of allegations which had been referred to the defendant Health and Care Professions Council's Conduct and Competence Committee (the CCC). The Council made further allegations against them, which were also referred. The claimants sought judicial review on the basis that there was no power to refer the further allegations. The Administrative Court, in dismissing the applications, held that art 22(6) of the Health and Social Work Profession Order 2001, SI 2002/254, fell to be interpreted in such a way as to permit the Council to refer further allegations to its Investigative Committee as a composite entity, in which circumstances, art 26(2) and (5) could be deployed to make a further reference to the CCC.

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