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Cardiologist is cleared of mistreating patients but criticised for research conduct

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c6875 (Published 29 November 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c6875
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

An “accomplished” interventional cardiologist who was accused of letting irresponsible ambition and personal conceit over-ride his duty to his patients has been cleared of misconduct in his treatment of patients.

But Joseph Motwani, a consultant at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, carried out two clinical trials in an “inadequate, careless, and unethical” manner, a General Medical Council fitness to practise panel has ruled.

Dr Motwani’s fitness to practise was not impaired, the panel held, but it imposed a formal warning over “serious failings” in his research conduct that will remain on his entry on the medical register for five years. The warning …

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