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DoH to amend regulations on PCTs' performers lists

The Department of Health is to amend its regulations for PCTs on how they manage their performers lists.

The move comes after two recent legal cases in which PCTs were found to have acted wrongly in the way they handled the suspension of GPs.

Waltham Forest PCT was found in March to have acted unlawfully in suspending GP Dr Zafar Malik without telling him of any allegations against him, or giving him a chance to respond.

In a case in January, two GPs, Dr Jayanti Ghosh and Dr S, successfully argued they had been denied 'natural justice' because Northumberland Care Trust and Knowsley PCT respectively had denied them the right to

legal representation and to cross-examine witnesses.

The department had been considering an appeal in the latter case but now plans to amend the regulations.

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