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Southall v The General Medical Council - exceptional professional misconduct cases require full reasons for GMC's conclusions

It is a fundamental requirement in judicial-type proceedings that a party must be able to understand why he won or lost. Accordingly, when the GMC deals with a complex case of alleged professional misconduct, such as here, which could be described as "exceptional", then it must give full reasons for its conclusions. To simply set out the facts to be proved, and state that they are found proved or not proved, will suffice only in straightforward cases.

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