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Cardiologist convicted of presenting false prescription escapes suspension

BMJ 2017; 357 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j2845 (Published 12 June 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;357:j2845

Re: Cardiologist convicted of presenting false prescription escapes suspension

I could not help comparing the treatment of these two colleagues - both by the journalist and the GMC since the two cases are next to each other and appear on the same page. We are all supposed to be treated equally without bias or prejudice, right?
The article says of Dr Ademola that "she qualified in Nigeria in 1997" but we are not given any such details about Dr Boyle. What subliminal message is the journalist giving, and what is the relevance to the case?

The tribunal found that Dr Boyle "had not acted dishonestly", but he wrote prescriptions for himself using colleagues', and patients' names and worked in his private practice when on call at his hospital. These actions were not provoked, but were deliberate and by choice. The NHS rota was not under his control, but he certainly had control over the scheduling of his private patients. Dr Ademola's action on the other hand was provoked. So the GMC made excuses for Dr Boyle so as not to suspend him, but suspends Dr Ademola despite their own finding that her " misconduct was an isolated incident set against an otherwise unblemished career" , citing “the impressive array of testimonials that speak of you as a dedicated, capable and caring doctor.”

What are we supposed to think?

Competing interests: No competing interests

17 June 2017
EMMANUEL UDEZUE
Locum Consultant Physician
Southmead Hospital, Bristol
22 BOWER ROAD, QUEENS PARK