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Internet doctor put patients at risk, GMC is told

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39126.537025.DB (Published 15 February 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:334
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. London

    A GP who became one of Britain's first doctors to offer consultations over the internet was this week accused at a GMC hearing of irresponsible prescribing.

    Julian Eden, of St John's Wood, London, was interviewed by the BBC in 2000 as “the first doctor in the UK to offer both a diagnosis and prescriptions to patients over the internet.” He is the founder and medical director of e-med (http://e-med.co.uk), a website offering private medical services online.

    But Dafydd Enoch, counsel for the GMC, said the service put patients at risk. “In this case you will hear that Dr Eden was consulted by highly vulnerable patients,” he told the hearing. “The striking similarity is the complete lack of any appropriate questions and the lack of any face to face consultation.”

    “While his pockets were being lined, the patients were being drawn into dependency and …

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