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Hossack has "no faith" in SRA

29 September 2009

Yvonne Hossack, a sole practitioner who campaigns to save care homes from closure, has said she has “no faith or confidence” in the SRA after being cleared of a wide range of rule breaches at a disciplinary tribunal.

Hossack, principal of Hossacks in Northamptonshire, was accused, among other things of “inappropriately urging clients and others to engage in a media and political campaign”.

The SRA also claimed she had accepted instructions from third parties and provided confidential information to third parties without consent.

The tribunal found these allegations were “not proven”, along with a further charge that she had acted for elderly people in Hull who were already represented by a mental health advocate.

Hossack said the only charge upheld by the SDT was a minor breach relating to the sending by her of an unredacted medical report to the General Medical Council.

“I agree that the rules are important and believe I’ve always followed them,” she said. “What interest did the SRA have in pursuing me?”

The SRA took action following complaints from three councils and two individuals.

The sole practitioner estimated that defending herself at the tribunal had cost her practice £40,000.

A spokeswoman for the SDT said: “The tribunal said that they considered that the case was properly brought and made no order as to costs.

“We will examine the tribunal’s written account of the hearing before making any comment.”

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