Psychiatrist is struck off for wide ranging dishonesty and lack of insight

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 03 April 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:738
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. 1London

A former senior lecturer at the University of London’s Institute of Psychiatry has been struck off after a General Medical Council panel found that he repeatedly lied about ethics committee approval for his studies. The GMC also found that he misrepresented his academic qualifications, misused drug companies’ proprietary data, recruited mentally ill patients without notifying their GPs, and conducted diagnostic tests without patients’ consent or ethics committee approval.

Tonmoy Sharma, 42, described by the GMC panel as a “research psychiatrist of international repute,” falsely claimed on five occasions to have obtained ethics committee approval for proposed studies involving antipsychotics and other drugs. He made …

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