The General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) has published an updated practice note on questioning by its Professional Conduct Committee to ensure witnesses are supported and treated appropriately.
The updated practice note was developed from engagement with osteopaths, patients, other health and social care regulators and key organisations involved in the GOsC’s concerns process.
On its website, GOsC wrote:
“Our revised practice note, which will be used by our Professional Conduct Committee during fitness to practise hearings, helps us make sure that all witnesses involved in our fitness to practise hearings are supported and treated appropriately, helping them to give their best evidence and engage effectively with the hearing process.
“Outlining the appropriate questioning of witnesses during in-person or remote hearings before the GOsC’s Professional Conduct Committee (PCC), the practice note explains that questions should be relevant, justified and necessary for the PCC to be able to determine the issues in the case. Witnesses should also be provided with the time to answer fully, without interruption.”
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