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Biomedical scientist struck off following substantive review

15/02/2017 - 13:47

Biomedical scientist struck off

Biomedical scientist Gary R Buswell has been struck off the HCPC Register following a second review of a suspension order originally imposed on 5 February 2015.

A panel of the HCPC Conduct and Competence Committee heard that Mr Buswell was originally suspended for a period of twelve months on the grounds of misconduct whilst registered as a biomedical scientist with the HCPC.

The Panel further heard that Mr Buswell was suspended after conviction at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court of driving a motor vehicle after consuming so much alcohol that the proportion of it in his blood, namely 260 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood, exceeded the prescribed limit. Mr Buswell also failed to declare the conviction to the HCPC during his renewal process.

Panel Chair Debbie Hill commented:

“The present Panel agrees that the findings made against Mr Buswell were serious, and, without acknowledgment and remedial action, were such that his fitness to practise would remain impaired. The judgement has concluded that a further period of suspension is not appropriate as the consistent attitude of Mr Buswell has been such that it is clear that the position at the end of any period of suspension would be the same as it is now.”

The Panel ordered for the name of Gary R Buswell to be struck off the HCPC Register.

Mr Buswell was neither present nor represented at the hearing.


Notes to Editors:

1. The Health and Care Professions Council is an independent regulator set up by the Health and Social Work Professions Order 2001. The HCPC keeps a register for 16 different health and care professions and only registers people who meet the standards it sets for their training, professional skills, behaviour and health. The HCPC will take action against professionals who do not meet these standards or who use a protected title illegally.

2. Full details of this hearing will be posted online here:

3. Information about the HCPC’s fitness to practise proceedings can be found on the HCPC website here:

4. Anyone can contact us and raise a concern about a professional on our Register. This includes members of the public, employers, the police and other professionals. For more information visit

5. The HCPC currently regulates the following 16 professions. Each of these professions has one or more ‘protected titles’. Anyone who uses one of these titles must register with the HCPC. To see the full list of protected titles please see
Arts therapists
Biomedical scientists
Chiropodists / podiatrists
Clinical scientists
Hearing aid dispensers
Occupational therapists
Operating department practitioners
Practitioner psychologists
Prosthetists / orthotists
Social workers in England
Speech and language therapists

6. The HCPC regulates social workers in England. Social workers in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales are separately regulated by the relevant Care Council in that country.


Caitlin Drysdale
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