Mr Michael John Lemin
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Your fitness to practise as a Social Worker is impaired by reason of your health
1. The Panel found that there had been good service of the proceedings, in accordance with rule 3 of the Health and Care Professions Council (Health Committee) (Procedure) Rules 2003 by notice dated 19 February 2019. The Registrant has confirmed receipt of the hearing bundle by email dated 7 April 2019.
Proceeding in absence of the Registrant
2. The Panel next considered whether to proceed with the hearing in the absence of the Registrant, in accordance with rule 11 of the Health and Care Professions Council (Health Committee) (Procedure) Rules 2003. The Panel was advised by the Legal Assessor to consider the guidance in the HCPTS Practice Note entitled Proceeding in the Absence of the Registrant and followed that advice. The hearing date was fixed almost two months ago, in February 2019, and notice was served on the Registrant, both by post and email, on 19 February. He has indicated on the response pro-forma that he does not intend to appear at the hearing and he has since signed and returned the Voluntary Removal Agreement.
3. The HCPC has submitted the hearing should proceed today. The Panel has had regard to the HCPTS Practice Note which refers to a “general need for expedition in the conduct of proceedings”. The sole purpose of the hearing today is for the Panel to decide whether a voluntary removal is consistent with the protection of the public. An agreement has been reached between the parties, and both have signed the Voluntary Removal Agreement (VRA). The Panel is satisfied that it is in the public interest that the hearing should proceed today and no injustice or prejudice will be caused to the Registrant if the matter proceeds.
Hearing in Private
4. The Panel considered whether to hold the hearing in private because the case is entirely concerned with issues relating to the Registrant’s health. The Panel consulted the HCPTS’s Practice Note on “Conducting Hearings in Private”. The Panel decided that it was necessary to hold this hearing in private, so as to protect the Registrant’s private life.
5. The Panel therefore consents to the HCPC discontinuing the above proceedings by means of a VRA because it is appropriate to do so.
6. The Registrar is directed to remove the name of Mr Michael John Lemin from the HCPC Register by consent from 17 April 2019 (the Operative date).
The Panel consents to the Voluntary Removal Agreement between the HCPC and the Registrant.
No notes available
History of Hearings for Mr Michael John Lemin
|Date||Panel||Hearing type||Outcomes / Status|
|17/04/2019||Health Committee||Voluntary Removal Agreement||Voluntary Removal agreed|