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Tax fraud GP is struck off for persistent dishonesty

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h4804 (Published 09 September 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4804
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1The BMJ

A general practitioner who was sentenced to 18 months in prison after admitting to defrauding the UK tax authorities of £185 000 (€255 000; $285 000) has been struck off by the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service.

The tribunal panel concluded that Michael Summer’s actions had “damaged the reputation of the medical profession and degraded the public’s trust in it.”

Summer had previously worked as a locum GP but began earning more after 2009 when he set up as a GP in private practice, carrying out medical examinations in personal injury cases and for the armed forces. From 2008 to 2012 he increasingly under-declared his income, culminating in the tax …

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