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High Court overturns suspension of a GP for his alleged actions as a school governor

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e8701 (Published 28 December 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e8701
  1. Clare Dyer
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The High Court has overturned a General Medical Council decision to restrict a doctor’s practice pending a full hearing, in the fifth such ruling in four months.

High Court judge Mr Justice Eady lifted a suspension imposed on 73 year old GP Indravadan Patel last July by an interim orders panel of the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service, the operationally independent arm of the GMC.

In four of the five cases, doctors had been suspended by the panel and unable to practise medicine while awaiting a hearing on charges against them. In the fifth, and latest ruling, the panel had imposed conditions on the doctor which the High Court found amounted to “a significant fetter on his ability to practise medicine in an area where the material …

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