To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in addition to doctors and dentists, other health professionals are entitled to legal representation in disciplinary hearings involving serious allegations as a consequence of the judgment in Kulkarni v Milton Keynes Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. [HL1654]
The Kulkarni case related to the application by Milton Keynes Hospital NHS Foundation Trust of Maintaining High Professional Standards (MHPS). MHPS is a disciplinary framework, which applies only to National Health Service employed doctors and dentists in England. The Court of Appeal found that MHPS gave a contractual right to legal representation at a disciplinary hearing. The decision therefore applies to all NHS employed doctors and dentists.