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GMC censures professor for not disclosing conflict of interest

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 08 December 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:1358
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    James Owen Drife, who was a member of the General Medical Council for 10 years, has been censured by the council for providing inaccurate job references on behalf of a surgeon who was later disgraced and struck off.

    Professor Drife, professor of obstetrics at Leeds University Medical School and former vice president of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, twice gave references for the gynaecologist Richard Neale that failed to mention that Mr Neale had been cautioned by police for an incident in a public toilet.

    Professor Drife was also a medical screener for the GMC's disciplinary body in 2000 when he reviewed a complaint lodged against Mr Neale by North Yorkshire Police. He …

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