TH was faced with 60 charges against him – revolving around dishonesty.
On day 6 of his hearing his legal team was able to get 59 of these charges dismissed.
By Day 6 the following costs can be accounted for:
- Panel costs = £5,760
- Legal Assessor costs = £3,000 +VAT
- Case presenter costs = £8,775
- Panel secretary costs = £5,622
Total cost to NMC for proceeding with the case at hearing = £23,157
This is equivalent to 193 registrant’s annual fees.
This is without the cost it has taken over the last 2 years to get this case to hearing.
This is without the cost to the registrant of lost wages and loss of professional standing.
On Day 7 of the case only 1 charge was left standing – the registrant hopes to get this dismissed also.
If this case had only stood on the basis of 1 charge it may have been able to be resolved without going to hearing or indeed completed in 1 day. There is no accountability for how these funds are spent.