Paediatric neurologist gets short suspension after support from colleagues and parentsBMJ 2016; 355 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i5588 (Published 18 October 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i5588
- Clare Dyer
- The BMJ
A consultant paediatric neurologist who was caught in a newspaper sting taking cocaine before going on call has been suspended from the medical register for four months.
The Mail on Sunday article in January 2015 included a videotape allegedly showing Colin Ferrie snorting cocaine and measuring out the “clubbers’ drug” gamma hydroxybutyrate (GHB) with a male escort.
Ferrie, an authority on childhood epilepsy with an international reputation, was prosecuted for possession of cocaine. He admitted the offence, was given a conditional discharge for 12 months at Leeds magistrates’ court, and lost his job at Leeds General Infirmary.
At a Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service hearing in Manchester, he admitted that he was uncontactable while on …