Solicitor to face tribunal over “threatening” Covid letters to GPs

Vaccine: BMA complaints

A solicitor is set to face a disciplinary tribunal for aggressively threatening GPs with legal action if the doctor did not provide a Covid vaccination exemption for their client, it has emerged.

The move follows complaints about “bullying” made last year by the British Medical Association (BMA) to the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

In March 2022, the BMA claimed that “some solicitors” were writing letters of this nature and urged doctors receiving them to contact their medical defence organisation and share a copy with the BMA’s medico-legal committee (MLC) so that it could “pursue further via the SRA”.

It said the MLC had contacted the SRA and been assured that solicitors should not be “writing in offensive, threatening or intimidatory ways”. The SRA said it also did not expect solicitors “to pursue matters which they know have no legal merit”.

At the time there were stories of letters from vaccine-sceptic solicitors also being sent to schools in an attempt to stop their involvement in the vaccine roll-out. It is not known if these are connected with the BMA complaints.

In a recently published update, the MLC said it believed these letters were “a clear breach of professional standards” that would have left GPs feeling “very distressed”.

It continued: “The SRA has concluded their investigation in one of these cases and have made a decision to refer the BMA’s concerns to the independent Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT).

“The SRA’s legal team will now prepare proceedings and lodge the allegations at the SDT. The SDT will then make a decision about whether there is a case to answer.”

As the SDT has not yet made that decision – although it is a low bar – the name of the solicitor has not been published. As a result, an SRA spokesman said he could not comment.

    Readers Comments

  • Arthur Michael Robinson says:

    There was a Solicitor who was an anti-vaxxer who spouted all sorts of nonsense about it being an experimental vaccine, Nuremberg Code, etc etc and who had a following for what was legally inaccurate nonsense.

  • Gavin Renwick says:

    What constitutes a threatening letter?

    Did these solicitors send a letter before action arguing for an exemption based on some medical, health or other ground, or were they promising to hunt the GPs down and make them drink their vaccines?

  • Janet says:

    In some cases Some people felt helpless during covid 19 lock down unable to get a face to face appointment..and phone calls ringing out no one answering phones ..

    It appears Alot of failings ..

    Also.people being forced into an injection
    Stating no jab no job ..meaning no home no food on the table as no wages coming in after losing there job ..

    I haven’t seen this solicitors letter but I do feel patients have rights and doctors duty of care ..

  • Anon says:

    What evidence do you have that the letter was “aggressive”?

  • Philip Hyland says:

    This article is one sided and biased. Neil does not have the full facts and will look foolish when they are known. IMO

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