Acting as a witness for us

If we refer a doctor to a tribunal at the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS), we have concerns that they should not be able to practise medicine freely in the UK. We may ask you to give evidence if you have information which would help us prove our case to the tribunal.

The hearing date

We will contact you to discuss a hearing date and your availability to appear as a witness. We try to schedule the hearing for when you are available. However, this is not always possible as there are many other people to accommodate.

Please let us know as soon as possible about any specific travel or hotel accommodation needs you may have. For example, if you are a wheelchair user or if you have a visual impairment.

Once a date has been confirmed, we will let you know and book any overnight hotel and travel tickets you might need.

If we have asked you to provide evidence for us and you think you may not be able to, you should let us know as soon as possible.

Claiming expenses

We cover out-of-pocket expenses for the period of time that we need you to attend to give evidence. We will send you details of the expenses you can claim and how to claim them. If you choose to attend the hearing on days you are not giving evidence, this will be at your own expense.

We will only pay expenses for witnesses acting for us.

Formal summons

Because of the importance of witnesses to our investigations, we may serve you with a formal summons to appear at a hearing. The summons is a legal requirement and if you ignore a summons you could be prosecuted for contempt.