High court upholds GMC's rejection of case against neurologistBMJ 2007; 334 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39112.756262.E0 (Published 30 January 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:116
- Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
The General Medical Council has comprehensively defeated a challenge in the High Court by the Singapore Medical Council to the GMC's decision to drop a disciplinary case against the British neurologist Simon Shorvon over a research project he headed in Singapore (BMJ 2003;326:839).
The Singapore council found Professor Shorvon guilty of professional misconduct in February 2004 over the $S10m (£3.3m; €5m; $6.5m) project, which was halted amid allegations that researchers breached confidentiality, failed to obtain informed consent, and disregarded the best interests of vulnerable patients.
The GMC was alerted to the allegations by an article in the Guardian newspaper in January 2003 (www.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,,878047,00.html) and by Professor Shorvon, who referred his own case to the council. When the case reached the investigation committee of the fitness to practise panel, the chairman decided …