Thorneycroft v Nursing and Midwifery Council

Medical practitioner – Professional misconduct. The appellant registered nurse appealed against the decision of a panel of the Conduct and Competence Committee of the respondent Nursing and Midwifery Council (the panel), finding that his fitness to practice was impaired by reason of misconduct and suspending his registration for 12 months. The Administrative Court, in allowing the appeal, held that the panel had failed to conduct a careful balancing exercise in admitting the witness statements of absent witnesses and had failed to consider their credibility or reliability. Further, the findings in respect of a third witness could not stand and the decision would be quashed with no direction for a rehearing.

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