Mr Gerald J Higgins
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As found proven at the final hearing on 11 May 2012:
Service of Notice
1. The Panel found that there had been good service of the Notice of Hearing by a letter dated 10 October 2019 which informed the Registrant of the date, time and venue of the hearing.
Proceeding in the absence of the Registrant
2. Ms Navarro made an application for the hearing to proceed in the absence of the Registrant. She referred the Panel to a letter from the Registrant dated 5 November 2019. The Registrant stated that he was unable to attend the hearing or arrange for a representative but, “I am happy for the review to continue in my absence”. The Registrant provided brief written submissions.
3. The Panel accepted the advice of the Legal Assessor and had regard to the HCPTS Practice Note “Proceeding in the Absence of the Registrant”.
4. The Panel found that the Registrant’s letter dated 5 November 2019 was clear and helpful. He expressly waived his right to attend the hearing and there was nothing to indicate that an adjournment might secure his attendance. The Panel was satisfied that there was no unfairness to the Registrant if the hearing was to proceed in his absence. It was in the public interest for the mandatory review to be completed expeditiously. In these circumstances, the Panel decided to proceed in the absence of the Registrant.
Hearing in private
5. In his written representations the Registrant requested that the entire hearing should be heard in private. The basis of the application was the same as the application in previous hearings which were held in private. Ms Navarro did not oppose the application. The Panel agreed that this was the appropriate course of action.
6. As such, this is the redacted version of the private determination.
The Registrar is directed to extend the Conditions of Practice Order against the registration of Mr Gerald J Higgins for a further period of 36 months on the expiry of the existing order. The conditions are:
1. [redacted] you must not undertake any work which involves being in an environment referred to in the directions.
2. You must inform the following parties that your registration is subject to these conditions: any organisation or person employing or contracting with you to undertake any work as a Biomedical Scientist; any agency you are registered with or apply to be registered with (at the time of application); and any prospective employer (at the time of application).
This order will be reviewed again before its expiry on 8 December 2022.
History of Hearings for Mr Gerald J Higgins
|Date||Panel||Hearing type||Outcomes / Status|
|11/11/2019||Conduct and Competence Committee||Review Hearing||Conditions of Practice|
|07/11/2016||Conduct and Competence Committee||Review Hearing||Conditions of Practice|