A panel of the Discipline Committee hears allegations of professional misconduct and/or incompetence referred to it by the Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee (ICRC).
After a decision is made to hold a hearing before the Discipline Committee, a Notice of Hearing is sent to the midwife who is the subject of the proceedings, describing the allegations of professional misconduct and/or incompetence.
In addition, a notation is made on the College’s public register that a referral to discipline has occurred for the midwife.
The midwife can choose to retain legal counsel (i.e. a lawyer) for the hearing. The College will provide the midwife and their counsel with all relevant information in its possession so the midwife has the opportunity to defend themselves against all allegations.