An update from GMC on Dr Michael Watt case

7th April 2023

The GMC recently released a statement in relation to Dr Michael Watt’s voluntary erasure from the medical register.

A GMC spokesperson said:

‘Patients of Dr Michael Watt have suffered immense harm and our thoughts are with them and their families.

‘Following a High Court decision to quash Dr Michael Watt’s voluntary erasure and reinstate him on the medical register, we took immediate action by referring him to an interim orders tribunal at the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service. On 21 March the interim orders tribunal imposed a 12 month suspension on Dr Watt, preventing him from practising, while our fitness to practise proceedings are ongoing. This means he cannot practise medicine.’

Background:

  • At any stage in an investigation GMC consider whether the concerns about the doctor mean their practice should be restricted or suspended immediately. In these cases, they are referred to the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS) for an interim orders tribunal hearing.
  • GMC are only able to confirm Dr Watt’s registration status and at this stage cannot give any further information about fitness to practise proceedings.

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