Consultant cleared after writing misleading referenceBMJ 2002; 325 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.325.7359.295 (Published 10 August 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:295
- Owen Dyer
A consultant accused of writing a misleading reference to help a previously suspended surgeon find work was last week cleared of serious professional misconduct by the General Medical Council.
David Osborne, consultant urologist at Basildon and Thurrock General Hospital, was called before the professional conduct committee for failing to mention that former colleague Willem Bijl had been suspended and was under investigation when he resigned from his post as consultant urologist at the hospital.
Mr Bijl was struck off by the professional conduct committee in November 2000, over a 1996 operation in which he …