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Consultant struck off over research fraud

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: (Published 26 July 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:205
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. legal correspondent, BMJ

    A senior consultant physician and former registrar and secretary of the Royal College of Physicians in Edinburgh was struck off the medical register last week for conducting a 15 month sham drug trial.

    John Anderton, a consultant for 26 years, who retired after his deception came to light, pleaded guilty to a charge of serious professional misconduct. The General Medical Council's professional conduct committee heard that he had forged consent forms for 17 patients who were never given the drug, got his assistant falsely to attest that she had witnessed patients' signatures on consent forms, and invented echocardiographic and magnetic resonance imaging data for patients.

    Dr Anderton, aged 63, was paid £42000 ($70500) for the …

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