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GMC rules that misconduct of locum GP from Germany was “serious and appalling”

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 27 January 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c550
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

    A locum GP from Germany whose “bizarre” treatment decisions caused alarm within two days of his starting work in the United Kingdom has been struck off by the General Medical Council, the UK regulator.

    Rainer Zierer prescribed drugs that were “inappropriate, unnecessary, in inappropriate quantities, with an incorrect dosage schedule,” the GMC found. He also prescribed drugs that were not licensed for the patients’ conditions without any adequate rationale and altered patients’ existing treatment regimens without providing any reasons.

    An occupational health physician in Germany, Dr Zierer was hired by Chilvers McCrea Healthcare, a private company, to work as a locum GP at the St Alban’s practice in Bulwell, Nottinghamshire, in September 2007. After registering with the GMC and securing a place on the …

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