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Martin J. Walker on the UK GMC Hearing: This Contemptuous Hearing

Posted Apr 03 2009 12:00am

General Medical Council By Martin J. Walker

This Contemptuous Hearing
Monday 23rd to Tuesday 31st March

I mean that quite sincerely folks
Catch phrase of Hughie Green
British talent show host of the 1960s and 1970s

On Monday 23rd March Miss Smith continued her closing speech. Tuesday 24th was a non-sitting day; Wednesday was to be half a non-sitting day in the afternoon but at the last minute on Monday the hearing heard that Dr Kumar had to attend a funeral, so the morning hearing too was called off. On Thursday and Friday Miss Smith picked up steam again.

Monday set the tone of the hearing for me when I was once again 'told- off' by the legal assessor, whom I was unsurprised to hear this week is known amongst his judicial brethren as 'Mr Pink the Enforcer'. When Miss Smith wants to have someone told off, Mr Pink, quickly combs his hair and then takes on the opposition. Apart from these 'high-horse' demonstrations, the legal assessor has been mainly silent for the last 125 days of the hearing - the expression money for old rope is often heard on the landings and in the lifts - although to my mind people should remember that old rope is firstly useful and then can be recycled.

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