GP reveals patients' secrets in pubBMJ 1997; 314 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7090.1297g (Published 03 May 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:1297
- Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
A British GP who revealed his patients' secrets in a pub drinking session was last week found guilty of serious professional misconduct by the General Medical Council.
Norman Shannon, who practised at Water Orton, Wishaw, near Birmingham, had drunk five pints of Guinness before he blurted out to a relief manager that the pub landlord and landlady, Philip and Carol Pallett, who were away on holiday, had received infertility treatment and that their two children were conceived by donor insemination. The conversation was overheard …