GMC reprimands doctor for denigrating rival's serviceBMJ 2000; 320 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.320.7233.466/a (Published 19 February 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:466
- Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
The head of gastroenterology at Bath's Royal United Hospital was found guilty of serious professional misconduct and reprimanded by the General Medical Council last week for unjustifiably casting doubt on the results of a rival endoscopy service and breaching patient confidentiality.
Dr Duncan Robertson showed slides of 18 patients to a GP forum in July 1998, which was also attended by lay people, including regional health authority staff. He claimed that the patients had been wrongly diagnosed by the endoscopy unit at Bath's Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases. …