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Breast clinic director accused of bullying and incompetence

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7315.709a (Published 29 September 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:709
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. London

    The “bullying, offensive, and incompetent” clinical director of the East Devon Breast Screening Service missed cancer and failed to perform crucial diagnostic tests through “sheer unimaginativeness and laziness,” the General Medical Council was told last week.

    Dr John Brennan, 51, worked for the unit from 1990 until 1997, when he was suspended and an independent inquiry was set up. He resigned in 1999 after the inquiry's report led the then health secretary Frank Dobson to brand the East Devon service a “disgrace.”

    Joanna Glynn, counsel …

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