Good morning from Manchester. Day 1 of Adrian Harrop’s tribunal due to start soon.
Tribunal members consist of the Chair (legally qualified) and two medical persons.
Dr Harrop is present in person. Introductions are taking place.
GMC representative needs to add in three further tweets to the bundle. Reminder that observers have no access to these evidence bundles.
GMC also wishes to make a minor amendment to one of the allegations. Chair stating defence needs time to view the amendments. GMC rep is in agreement.
Hearing adjourned until 11.30am.
GMC representative is Mr Giles Powell (GP) and Dr Harrop’s representative is Mr Ryan Donoghue (RD).
Allegations sheets;
GMC rep Mr Ryan Donoghue (RD) discussing tweet bundles and the missing three tweets. Chair stating some of the witness statements are difficult to follow due to, “applied redactions.”
Chair asking what is the relevance of the missing three tweets. “What is the context?” asks the chair. Chair will assess whether they will be admitted.
Allegation 14 (G) proposed amendment; to extend the date from April 19, to 30th June 2020. Allegation 14 (E), GMC seeks to withdraw that charge.
GMC seeks to ask the tribunal to sit privately. Chair putting this to Harrop’s representative. Chair has ordered whilst this is being considered, the tribunal will be heard intermittently in private. We have left.
We have been asked back in. Chair has stated that hearing [as I understand it] will continue to be public.
GMC is asking for particular tweets/statements to be kept private. Chairman is stating this will be administratively difficult as statements/ tweets will be anonymised.
*will already be anonymised. To go from public session to a private session may be difficult, the chair has stated.
Tribunal adjourned until 2pm.

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