Final response from GMC re: McCann and Payne fitness to practise

Dear Ms Havern,

Thank you for your email of 22nd October 2008.

We cannot confirm the exact status of the Leicestershire Constabulary investigation as that is a police matter, you would need to contact them directly. They are still accepting information in relation to the matter. However, regardless of what stage their investigation is at, we cannot investigate the criminal matters you refer to as that is the role of the police. This includes the witness statements made to the police alleging the use of “lewd and inappropriate” gestures. If a criminal justice system, in this country or another, convicts any doctor of a criminal offence, then we will take action as appropriate.

Our Fitness to Practise procedures focus on the most serious concerns, which call into question a doctor’s fitness to practise medicine and right to retain unrestricted registration – that is his or her right to work. In many cases, concerns about a doctor can best be considered at a local level, by the doctor’s employer. We note you have already raised these concerns with Dr McCann’s employer.

Dr McCann’s actions following the disappearance of his daughter are not a matter which is related to his professional capability and fitness to practise. We are therefore unable to take action on your concerns.

If you choose to return the consent form, we will send your emails to Leicestershire Constabulary. If you do not return the consent form then we will not contact them with your concerns. If we do not hear from you by 28th October we will take no further action.

Yours sincerely

Laura Sugrue

Investigation Officer

Fitness to Practise Directorate

Direct Dial: 0161 923 6577

Fax No: 0161 923 6578


From the GMC's "Good Medical Practice Guidelines".

25 You must safeguard and protect the health and well-being of children and young people.

56 Probity means being honest and trustworthy, and acting with integrity: this is at the heart of medical professionalism.

57 You must make sure that your conduct at all times justifies your patients’ trust in you and the public’s trust in the profession.

58 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 practise procedures.

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