Miss Anne F Young
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Your fitness to practise as a Radiographer is impaired by reason of your physical and/or mental health as set out in Schedule 1.
Proof of service
1. The Panel was satisfied that notice of today’s hearing had been properly served on the Registrant in terms of rules 3 and 6 of the Health Committee (Procedure) Rules 2003 and thereafter considered Ms Bass’s application to proceed in the Registrant’s absence. The Panel is aware that its discretion to proceed in absence is one which should be exercised with the utmost care and caution. In reaching its decision, the Panel has had regard to the HCPTS’s Practice Note on Proceeding in the Absence of the Registrant. The Panel has also taken account of the fact that this is a mandatory review and this order must be reviewed prior to its expiry on 2 February 2018. The Panel has been advised that the Registrant did not attend the substantive hearing and that there has been no engagement from her since a telephone call on 5 May 2016 advising that she would not be attending that hearing. There has been no request for an adjournment. The Panel is of the view that the Registrant has voluntarily absented herself and would be unlikely to attend at a future date, if the matter were adjourned. In these circumstances the Panel has agreed to proceed in her absence as it is satisfied that it is both in the public interest and the Registrant’s interest to do so.
Application for hearing to be held in private
2. Ms Bass applied for this review hearing to be heard in private under rule 10(1)(a) of the Health Committee Procedure Rules 2003 on the grounds that the review related solely to the Registrant’s health. The Panel accepted the advice of the legal assessor and considered the HCPTS Practice Note on Conducting Hearings in Private. The Panel concluded that the right of the Registrant to protection of her private life and confidentiality of her health issues outweighed the general presumption of hearings being conducted in public. The Panel therefore agreed to conduct the whole of the review hearing in private.