Osteopath cleared after GOsC drop case following disclosure requests

The General Osteopathic Council applied to the Professional Conduct Committee under Rule 19 to dismiss the case following a successful adjournment/disclosure application by the Registrant for various items of disclosure, some of which the Council deemed to be non-disclosable on public interest grounds.

Rule 19 states:

Where after a complaint has been referred to the Committee for consideration it appears to the Committee that such consideration cannot due to exceptional circumstances properly take place, it may, after taking advice from the legal assessor and after consulting the Investigating Committee and obtaining the consent of the osteopath concerned, direct that a hearing should not be held and that the case should be concluded, provided that where there is an individual complainant the Committee shall, before it consults the Investigating Committee, endeavour to ascertain the views of the complainant.