Criminal and Regulatory in Healthcare

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Criminal and Regulatory in Healthcare

The Financial Crime and Regulatory Team has developed specific expertise representing healthcare professionals and entrepreneurs in criminal, regulatory and civil investigations and proceedings.

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 wrong doing or even criminal prosecution.

Criminal and Regulatory Bodies

We have the expertise and know-how to act and advise you in investigations or prosecutions, regulatory or criminal, commenced by regulatory bodies including:

  • General Medical Council
  • General Dental Council
  • Care Quality Commission
  • Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency
  • NHS Business Services Authority/ NHS Counter Fraud
  • General Pharmaceutical Council
  • Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • Health and Care Professions Council

In an increasingly regulated environment, healthcare professionals, in particular, are finding themselves subjected to action by regulators, many of whom are either being granted or suddenly utilising more prosecuting powers. In a worst case scenario, investigations can be escalated to criminal prosecutions with either your liberty at risk or a very hefty financial penalty.

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Why Hodge Jones & Allen?

Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors have many years of experience in providing high quality advice to healthcare professionals facing parallel regulatory and criminal proceedings. The nature and form that allegations can take against healthcare professionals are wide and varied. Healthcare professionals such as doctors, dentists and nurses work incredibly hard to offer their patients the best possible service. Unfortunately, complaints arise. Complaints might arise from patients directly – misconduct or treatment and care that has fallen below the standards required. Allegations like this can be terminal to the reputation and ultimately career of the professional against whom the complaint has been made. Expert legal representation is required to help you navigate these types of situations. Our experience, knowledge and good judgment, built up through many years of practice in these areas help you successfully navigate proceedings.

Providing Expert Guidance

Whist action may be taken as a result of patient complaint, it may also be taken when a regulating authority identifies a matter itself that needs further investigation. For example, in the past we have advised dental professionals in connection with claims that they have made for units of dental activity and whether the claim has been made in the correct band. This arose due to an audit carried out by the NHS Business Services Authority. These types of claiming procedures are open to both abuse and also innocent mistakes and administrative errors. It leaves you open to the risk of an allegation of fraud or a form of financial crime. Tandem criminal investigations may arise through r. Our combined financial crime and regulatory team can help to guide and support you through any situation of this nature that arises.

Strength of our Team

We have the experience and knowledge to assist all professionals facing regulatory or criminal investigations or both. A particular strength of our team is that our experience does not 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 the financial and other professional sectors. This expertise in all types of regulation will assist us when dealing with healthcare regulation.

Also important is our experience in assisting healthcare entrepreneurs who must comply with medicines regulations for example, we have acted for and advised businesses facing scrutiny from the 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 take into account when making these classifications and likewise have the knowledge to make representations for reclassifications on your behalf. Similarly, we provide businesses with advice and assistance for website content and redrafting and assistance as to appropriate and inappropriate ways in which to describe products.

Legal Assistance

Our wide experience allows us to take a holistic wide-ranging approach to healthcare regulatory cases.  It aids our judgement when advising on how best to handle any given regulatory situation. This is complemented by our experience as one of the UK’s leading providers of criminal and financial crime defence. This makes us a unique regulatory team and your first port of call in the event you need assistance.

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