Nurses and Midwives Act 2011

62.

Duty to notify registered nurse or registered midwife and complainant or other witnesses of referral to, and hearing by, Fitness to Practise Committee.

62.— (1) The chief executive officer shall, as soon as practicable but not later than 30 days after a complaint is referred under section 61 to the Fitness to Practise Committee, give notice in writing to the registered nurse or registered midwife the subject of the complaint of the following:

( a) the referral of the complaint to the Fitness to Practise Committee;

( b) the opportunity for the nurse or midwife, or his or her representative, to be present and to defend the nurse or midwife at the hearing;

( c) the opportunity for the nurse or midwife to request that some or all of the hearing be held otherwise than in public if the nurse or midwife can show reasonable and sufficient cause.

(2) The chief executive officer shall, as soon as practicable after a complaint is referred under section 61 to the Fitness to Practise Committee, give notice in writing to—

( a) the registered nurse or registered midwife the subject of the complaint of the nature of the matter that is to be the subject of the inquiry, including the particulars of any evidence in support of the complaint, and

( b) any witnesses who may be required to give evidence at an inquiry (including, where appropriate, the complainant) of the opportunity for the witness to request that some or all of the hearing be held otherwise than in public if the witness can show reasonable and sufficient cause.

(3) The chief executive officer shall give notice in writing to the registered nurse or registered midwife the subject of a complaint referred to the Fitness to Practise Committee of the date, time and place of the hearing of the complaint in sufficient time for the nurse or midwife to prepare for the hearing.