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High court finds that tribunal treated GP too leniently

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j5564 (Published 30 November 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j5564
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

The General Medical Council has won a High Court ruling that a medical practitioners’ tribunal treated a GP too leniently when deciding whether his fitness to practise was impaired.

A High Court judge ruled that the basis on which the tribunal decided that Muhammed Moazzam Chaudhary’s fitness to practise was impaired was too narrow and failed to take account of the need to maintain proper professional standards and public confidence in the profession.

Complications arose after Chaudhary had carried out a ritual circumcision of a two month old baby in 2008 and he engaged in a number of deceptions while trying to put matters right.

The judge, Mr Justice Jay, quashed the finding of impairment but …

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