Mr Lee A Campbell
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Your fitness to practise as an Operating Department Practitioner is impaired by reason of your physical and/or mental health.
Service and Proceeding in Absence
1. The Panel was satisfied that the letter dated 27 July 2018 addressed to the Registrant at his registered address informing him of the date, time and location of the hearing, constituted good service of notice of hearing. The Panel noted that the Registrant had replied to the HCPC by emails on 24 July and 27 July 2018 stating “As I have said before on many occasions I want nothing more to do with you so stop hassling me” and “As previously stated I will not be attending anymore hearings”.
2. Mr Millin made an application to proceed in the absence of the Registrant and referred to the relevant rules, the case law and the HCPTS Practice Note on Proceeding in Absence. The Panel considered that service had been carried out and that reasonable steps to contact the Registrant had been made. It accepted the advice of the Legal Assessor who referred it to the HCPTS Practice Note on Proceeding in Absence and to the case of GMC v Adeogba  EWCA Civ 162 and the guidance therein as to the balancing of fairness to the Registrant with fairness to the HCPC and the public interest.
3. The Panel noted that no adjournment had been sought by the Registrant who has clearly expressed his position and stated that he did not wish to attend the hearing. He was therefore highly unlikely to attend any adjourned hearing and there was a public interest in proceeding expeditiously. The Registrant has only partially engaged with the HCPC although he is aware of these proceedings. The Panel considered that he has voluntarily absented himself. In all the circumstances the Panel decided it was fair and appropriate to proceed in the absence of the Registrant.
Application to hold the hearing in private
4. Mr Millin in light of the Allegation relating to the Registrant’s health made an application to hear the case in private. The Panel heard and accepted the advice of the Legal Assessor who referred the Panel to the Practice Note on Conducting Hearings in Private. The Panel decided it was appropriate to allow the application having balanced the interests of the Registrant with the public interest. The whole hearing will be held in private.
The Registrar is directed to suspend the registration of Lee A. Campbell for a period of 12 months from the date this Order comes into effect.
History of Hearings for Mr Lee A Campbell
|Date||Panel||Hearing type||Outcomes / Status|
|11/10/2018||Health Committee||Final Hearing||Suspended|