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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 NHS England 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 75 which states:

You must tell us without delay if, anywhere in the world:

If you are suspended by an organisation from a medical post, or have restrictions placed on your practice, you must, without delay, inform any other organisations you carry out medical work for and any patients you see independently


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 NHS England.

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 Tuesday, 11 April 2023 3533 views