Miss Anesu Dodzo
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As found proven at the substantive hearing on 27 November 2018:
Your fitness to practise is impaired by reason of your physical and/or mental health.
1. The Panel had sight of information that Notice of these proceedings was posted to the Registrant at her registered address on 30 October 2019 and that, on the same date, a copy was emailed to her at her registered email address. The Panel had sight of un-redacted copies of the correspondence with the Registrant and an extract from the Register showing the Registrant’s address. The Panel determined that Notice of this hearing had been properly served in accordance with Rules 3 and 6 of the Health and Care Professions Council (Health Committee) (Procedure) Rules 2003.
Proceeding in absence of the Registrant
2. The Panel heard the submission of Ms Navarro on behalf of the HCPC to proceed in the absence of the Registrant. Ms Navarro informed the Panel that the Registrant has not replied to the Notice of today’s hearing. She said the Registrant has not been in contact with the HCPC. Ms Navarro indicated that she had telephoned both landline and mobile telephone numbers for the Registrant but found that these had been disconnected.
3. The Panel accepted the Legal Assessor’s advice and took into account the HCPTS Practice Note on ‘Proceeding in Absence of the Registrant’.
4. The Panel noted that the Registrant did not attend the substantive hearing or the previous review. The Panel was mindful that it should exercise its discretion to proceed in the absence of a Registrant with utmost care and caution. In reaching a decision the Panel took into account any potential disadvantage to the Registrant if it were to proceed today.
5. The Panel followed the criteria as set out in the R v Jones, and took into account the lack of a response or request for an adjournment from the Registrant and the fact this was a mandatory review. The Panel did not anticipate any benefit in adjourning the hearing, given that there was no reason provided for non-attendance or non-engagement. The Panel was satisfied that it is fair and in the public interest, for today’s review to proceed expeditiously.
Proceeding in Private
6. Ms Navarro made an application for this case to be heard entirely in private on the basis that the Allegation solely relates to the Registrant’s health. The Panel decided to allow the application pursuant to Rule 10(1)(a) of the Health and Care Professions Council (Health Committee) (Procedure) Rules 2003. Accordingly, the Panel directed that the whole of the hearing should be held in private.
The Registrar is directed to suspend the Registration of Miss Anesu Dodzo for a further period of 4 months upon the expiry of the current order.
The Order imposed today will apply from 2 January 2020.
This Order will be reviewed again before its expiry on 2 May 2020 date.
History of Hearings for Miss Anesu Dodzo
|Date||Panel||Hearing type||Outcomes / Status|
|02/10/2020||Health Committee||Review Hearing||Hearing has not yet been held|
|24/04/2020||Health Committee||Review Hearing||Hearing has not yet been held|
|29/11/2019||Health Committee||Review Hearing||Suspended|
|04/12/2017||Conduct and Competence Committee||Final Hearing||Suspended|