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Accepting a Police Caution

Accepting a Police Caution (or being convicted of an offence in any country)  requires you to let the GMC and your Area Team know. ALWAYS take legal advice before doing this.

We would like to remind you of a paragraph of the GMC’s document “Good medical Practice”, paragraph 58 which states:

“You must inform the GMC without delay if, anywhere in the world, you have accepted a caution, been charged with or found guilty of a criminal offence, or if another professional body has made a finding against your registration as a result of fitness to practice procedures”

What is a Criminal Conviction?

A criminal conviction applies to all convictions, cautions, reprimands and final warnings. This includes minor misdemeanors, such as:

Also, you practice on The National Performer’s list and are therefore also obliged under the Performers List regulations under these circumstances to notify your Area Team.

You must also comply with any reporting requirements of your employing or contracting authority. 

This reminder comes as a practitioner accepted a police caution rather than risk a court hearing following a minor domestic dispute with a neighbour. The practitioner was surprised that accepting a police caution resulted in a necessary contact with the GMC.

We would like to remind you of the importance of asking for legal advice should you ever be in this unfortunate situation.

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Updated on 10 December 2015 1597 views