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FUNCTIONS OF PROFESSIONAL DISCIPLINE UNIT
1. coordination of all activities relating to discipline of erring doctors
2. coordination of all activities of the Investigating Panel: The IP is an autonomous body created by the act. (The Unit is to facilitate the work of this body).
3. coordination of all activities relating to the Disciplinary Tribunal: The DT is also an autonomous body created by the act. (The Unit is to facilitate the work of this body).The Investigating Panel (IP) is a court of first instance following complaint from any aggrieved person, the IP invites the respondent doctor(s) for comments.
It is required that both the initial letter of complaint and the comments of the respondent practitioner be rendered in an affidavit form duly sworn to before a Notary public or Commissioner for oaths.
Thereafter the panel invites both parties to a formal investigating proceedings at a specified date and venue.
If the Panel establishes a prima facie case against the respondent(s), the matter is referred to the Disciplinary Tribunal (DT).
The membership of both the IP and the DT are drawn from very highly experienced Medical and Dental Practitioners. Their proceedings are guided by the dictates of natural justice, equity and the rule of law.
Although the parties may elect to represent themselves at both proceedings, it is desirable that they be represented by counsel of their choice.Professional DisciplineProfessional Discipline