Doctor who lied about taking cocaine is suspended for 12 monthsBMJ 2010; 340 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c2302 (Published 27 April 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c2302
- Clare Dyer
An obstetrician and gynaecologist has escaped being struck off the medical register by “a hair’s breadth” after lying on oath to a court about taking cocaine and giving “implausible” evidence to a General Medical Council panel.
Senior registrar Joanna Marsden-Williams’s conduct was “dishonest, misleading, inappropriate, far below the standard expected of a registered medical practitioner, and likely to bring the profession into disrepute,” the GMC fitness to practise panel found.
But she escaped erasure from the register because of her “excellent professional reputation and standing,” numerous testimonials, “extremely laudatory” evidence from her head …