GP who supplied abortion drug in “fake sheikh” sting is struck off

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: (Published 22 September 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i5181
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

A privately practising GP who supplied misoprostol to an undercover London reporter notorious for posing as a wealthy sheikh has been struck off the UK medical register.

Majeed Ridha, 67, was consulted in London’s Cumberland Hotel in 2012 by a man who said that he wanted to give the drug to a woman who “doesn’t want to go to an abortion clinic.” Ridha arranged for a pharmacist he often worked with to give misoprostol to the man and charged him £250 (€290; $325), unaware that he was the well known but rarely photographed undercover reporter Mazher Mahmood, 53, popularly known as the “fake sheikh.”

Mahmood, who was working for the Sunday Times, sought out Ridha, who …

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