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Criminal & Regulatory in Healthcare

As a healthcare professional we know you will be working in an increasingly regulated environment, perhaps finding yourself subjected to formal actions by your regulator.

Doctors, dentists and nurses and so many other professionals, work incredibly hard to offer their patients the best possible service. Unfortunately, complaints still happen from time to time, whether that’s for misconduct or treatment and care that has fallen below the required and expected standards. 

Allegations like this can be terminal to the reputation and, ultimately, career of the professional against whom the complaint has been made. Our expert legal representation can support you through these challenging times.

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    Who do we help?

    Healthcare is wide and varied and our lawyers have advised:

    • Doctors
    • Dentists
    • Nurses
    • Care Homes
    • Healthcare Entrepreneurs
    • Pharmacists

    All of the above, depending on the circumstances, can face regulatory action in respect of alleged wrongdoing or even criminal prosecution. If you need legal support in the face of an accusation, our expert team will work alongside you every step of the way.

    While action may be taken as a result of a patient complaint, it may also be taken when a regulating authority identifies a matter itself that needs further investigation. Our combined financial crime and regulatory team can help to guide and support you through both situations should they arise.


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    Why choose Hodge Jones & Allen?

    We’re recognised as one of the UK’s leading providers of criminal and financial crime defence.

    We have the experience and knowledge needed to assist all professionals facing regulatory or criminal investigations, or both. Our experience doesn’t just span regulated healthcare professionals but encompasses all aspects of the healthcare regulatory sphere. We have vast experience of acting for clients facing proceedings by regulators in financial and other professional sectors. We also have a wealth of experience assisting healthcare entrepreneurs who must comply with medicines regulations.

    Our in-depth knowledge of medical regulations means that we can both support you during the legal proceedings of your case and provide businesses with advice and assistance for website content moving forward. This helps to limit the risk of further problems, by outlining appropriate and inappropriate ways to describe products.

    We take a holistic wide-ranging approach to healthcare regulatory cases. It aids our judgement when advising on how best to handle each regulatory situation. This makes us a unique regulatory team and your first port of call in the event you need assistance.


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    Featured cases

    Suspected false claims

    In the past we have advised dental professionals in connection with potentially incorrect claims made for units of dental activity. An NHS Business Services Authority audit found that the claims may not have been made in the correct band. These types of claiming procedures are open to both abuse and innocent mistakes, such as administrative errors. Such cases leave you open to the risk of an allegation of fraud or a form of financial crime. That’s why we’ll work closely with you and representatives from the relevant regulatory body to come to a suitable solution.

    Correct product classifications

    We have acted for and advised businesses facing scrutiny from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) over whether a product they supply ought to be classified as a medicine. We have an understanding and appreciation of the factors that the MHRA consider when making these classifications and likewise have the knowledge to make representations for reclassifications on your behalf.

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