Miss Anne F Young
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By reason of your health, your fitness to practise is impaired.
Proof of service
1. The Panel was satisfied that notice of today’s hearing dated 28 November 2018 had been properly served on the Registrant in terms of rules 3 and 6 of the Health Committee (Procedure) Rules 2003.
Proceeding in absence
2. Mr Harrison applied 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 2019. The Panel has been advised that the Registrant did not attend the substantive hearing nor the first review hearing. Mr Harrison referred the Panel to a telephone attendance file note dated 21 December 2018 which records a telephone call between himself and the Registrant and in which she “wanted to make it clear that she will not be attending the hearing”. The Registrant also stated in that telephone call that she did not want to receive any more letters of contact from the HCPC.
3. The Panel was of the view that the Registrant had 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
4. Mr Harrison 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.
Order: The Registrar is directed to strike the name of Miss Anne F Young from the Register upon expiry of the current suspension order.
No notes available