Doctor who ran nursing home is cleared of professional misconductBMJ 2005; 331 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.331.7508.70-i (Published 07 July 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:70
- Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
The former chief executive of a private healthcare company in Britain was found not guilty of serious professional misconduct by the General Medical Council last week after a High Court judicial review struck out many of the charges against him.
Chai Patel faced misconduct charges over alleged mistreatment of elderly residents at Lynde House in Twickenham, Middlesex, owned by Westminster Healthcare, the company of which he was chief executive from 1999 to 2002.
His case, taken to the GMC by a group of residents' relatives, was seen as a test case to decide the responsibility that doctors who run a business such as a chain of care homes have towards …