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Psychiatrist suspended for undermining patients' trust in treatment

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 24 June 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1516
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. London

    A consultant child psychiatrist who sent letters to GPs questioning other psychiatrists' competence, and forwarded copies to their patients, has been suspended for 12 months by the General Medical Council for serious professional misconduct.

    Dr Patrick Cosgrove was one of the pioneers of the use of methylphenidate (Ritalin) to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The Citizens' Commission on Human Rights and Overload Network, the Scottish based advocacy group for patients with the condition, have both complained to the GMC about Dr Cosgrove, saying he was too ready to prescribe …

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