The Judgement of Others – How Should a Disciplinary Panel Deal with the Findings of Another Professional Disciplinary Tribunal’s Decision: Analysis and Comment on Peckitt v GDC [2016] EWHC 1803 (Admin) – Drystone Chambers

Posted February 21st, 2017 in disciplinary procedures, doctors, news, nurses, professional conduct, solicitors by sally

‘What happens if a registrant is registered with two or more professional bodies and is then disciplined by one and is later disciplined by his or her other professional body? I recently appeared for the NMC, in the case of NMC v Benyu, where this situation arose. Ms Benyu was both a practising solicitor and nurse. She was struck off by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) for the mishandling of client funds. The client had mental health issues and originally was referred to her through her work as a nurse. Following the decision of the SDT, Ms Benyu was referred to the NMC.’

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Drystone Chambers, 30th January 2017

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Court of Appeal criticises expert who failed to disclose “close connection” with defendant – Litigation Futures

Posted February 15th, 2017 in disclosure, doctors, evidence, expert witnesses, negligence, news by sally

‘A medical expert who failed to disclose that he had trained the defendant on whose behalf he was giving evidence and that they had “worked together closely for a substantial period” has been criticised by the Court of Appeal’

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Litigation Futures, 14th February 2017

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Still up in the air – is it a Bolam case or a Penney case? – Zenith PI

Posted February 10th, 2017 in cancer, doctors, negligence, news by tracey

‘In 2012 Mr Muller was diagnosed with a malignant melanoma on the sole of his left foot. The cancer had spread, despite a quick biopsy, and all secondary metastases were then removed. Fortunately, Mr Muller proceeded to receive positive six-month scans, is now clear of cancer and has maintained a normal life expectancy. All perfectly ordinary one would think – save that in 2011 a histopathologist had diagnosed the malignant melanoma as a non-malignant ulcer.’

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Zenith PI, 7th February 2017

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‘Stressed’ GP allowed to keep job despite driving home after drinking almost entire bottle of vodka at surgery – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 1st, 2017 in alcohol abuse, disciplinary procedures, doctors, news, sentencing by tracey

‘A GP who drove home after drinking almost an entire bottle of vodka at his surgery has been allowed to keep his job after medical watchdogs heard he was stressed at looking after 3,500 patients.’

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Daily Telegraph, 31st January 2017

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Bogus doctor: Conrad de Souza jailed for lying again – BBC News

Posted January 13th, 2017 in doctors, fraud, news, sentencing by tracey

‘A fraudster has been sent to prison for a second time for posing as a doctor.’

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BBC News, 12th January 2017

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GP and health boss get suspended sentences for £153k fraud – BBC News

Posted December 21st, 2016 in doctors, fraud, health, news by tracey

‘A GP and a senior health manager who fraudulently invoiced the NHS for £153,600 have been sentenced.’

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BBC News, 20th December 2016

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The Importance of an Independent Expert – Zenith PI Blog

Posted November 17th, 2016 in doctors, expert witnesses, news, reports by sally

‘Where an expert loses sight of her duty to provide independent assistance to the court by way of objective unbiased opinion in relation to matters within her expertise.’

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Zenith PI Blog, 15th November 2016

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Private hospital surgeon jailed over death of patient has conviction quashed on appeal – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 16th, 2016 in appeals, doctors, negligence, news, sentencing by sally

‘A surgeon who served a jail sentence over the death of a patient at a private hospital has won an appeal against his conviction.’

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Daily Telegraph, 15th November 2016

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BMJ medical journal calls for legalisation of drugs – The Independent

Posted November 15th, 2016 in crime, doctors, drug abuse, drug offences, health, news by tracey

‘The British Medical Journal has called for the legalisation of illicit drugs for the first time.’

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The Independent, 15th November 2016

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Doctor who tried to start an affair with his patient’s wife is struck off – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 11th, 2016 in disciplinary procedures, doctors, news, professional conduct by tracey

‘A doctor who tried to start an affair with his patient’s wife after he admitted his marriage was in crisis has been struck off.’

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Daily Telegraph, 10th November 2016

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Shaken baby evidence doctor reinstated – BBC News

Posted November 4th, 2016 in child abuse, disciplinary procedures, doctors, evidence, expert witnesses, news by tracey

‘A doctor struck off the medical register for the evidence she gave in so-called “shaken baby” cases, has been reinstated.’

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BBC News, 3rd November 2016

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Coroner says health services ‘missed opportunities’ before journalist’s suicide – The Guardian

Posted October 27th, 2016 in coroners, doctors, inquests, mental health, news, psychiatrists, suicide by sally

‘Daily Mail advice columnist Sally Brampton killed herself after health professionals “missed opportunities” to help her, an inquest has heard.’

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The Guardian, 25th October 2016

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Should Waney Squier have been struck off over shaken baby syndrome? – BBC News

Posted October 18th, 2016 in appeals, disciplinary procedures, doctors, expert witnesses, news by sally

‘A doctor who disputed the existence of shaken baby syndrome has said she was struck off because her views challenged the establishment. Now she is appealing against the decision, as John Sweeney explains.’

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BBC News, 17th October 2016

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Disgraced GP avoids prison over video of man having sex with snake – Daily Telegraph

‘A disgraced doctor has avoided prison after being convicted for a second time of having a stash of “extreme” pornography, including a video of a man having sex with a snake.’

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Daily Telegraph, 30th September 2016

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Witness the Fitness (to Practise): Mixed Personal Data and Section 7 DPA – Panopticon

Posted October 3rd, 2016 in complaints, data protection, doctors, medical records, news, privacy by sally

‘The medical profession is only too used to the occasional outbreak of SARS. It is perhaps a little less used to an influx of SARs, as made under section 7 of the Data Protection Act 1998. In the case of the General Medical Council, requests for personal data will involve very sensitive data and just as sensitive issues of balance and extraction of the data of different parties. So it was in Dr DB v General Medical Council [2016] EWHC 2331 (QB).’

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Panopticon, 28th September 2016

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Junior doctors lose high court challenge over Jeremy Hunt’s seven-day contract – The Independent

Posted September 29th, 2016 in contract of employment, doctors, news by tracey

‘Junior doctors have lost their High Court case against their new staffing contract one week before it is to be imposed on them.’

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The Independent, 28th September 2016

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Privacy of a doctor under GMC investigation clashes with that of his patient – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted September 26th, 2016 in complaints, data protection, doctors, medical records, news, privacy by sally

‘An interesting three-way privacy fight between a GP, a patient who had complained about his treatment by the GP, and the GMC who had investigated that complaint. The prize in that fight was a copy of a medical report obtained by the GMC from an independent expert, which had concluded that the GP’s care had fallen below “but not seriously below” the expected standard.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 24th September 2016

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Junior doctors take contract fight to high court – BBC News

Posted September 19th, 2016 in contracts, doctors, industrial action, ministers' powers and duties, news, ultra vires by tracey

‘Junior doctors in England are going to the High Court to try and stop the government imposing a new contract.’

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BBC News, 19th September 2016

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Compensation payout for mum left unable to open her jaw wider than 2cm after botched operation – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 31st, 2016 in compensation, doctors, medical treatment, negligence, news, personal injuries by sally

‘A mother-of-one has received a six figure payout after a botched operation left her unable to open her mouth wider than 2cm for five years.’

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Daily Telegraph, 30th August 2016

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Suspended sentence for optometrist who missed boy’s fatal condition – The Guardian

‘An optometrist who failed to spot symptoms of a life-threatening brain condition during a routine eye test of an eight-year-old who later died has been given a two-year suspended prison sentence.’

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The Guardian, 26th August 2016

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