Doctor who acted as witness outside his competence was punished too severely, court rules

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 14 November 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g6852
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1The BMJ

A decision to suspend a psychiatrist from the UK medical register for three months for acting outside his competence as an expert witness was “flawed and disproportionate,” the High Court has ruled.

Richard Pool lacked the right qualifications and experience and should not have accepted instructions as an expert witness for the Health Professions Council in deciding whether a paramedic was fit to …

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