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Doctor who received £1.2m from patient’s estate is struck off

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 19 January 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d335
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

A psychiatrist who accepted £1.2m (€1.4m; $1.9m) from the estate of a vulnerable patient has been struck off by the General Medical Council for behaviour that “would appal other medical practitioners and shake the confidence of the public in the profession.”

Peter Rowan, 62, a private practitioner in Harley Street, central London, prescribed “excessive amounts” of benzodiazepines to Patricia May, a former actor who had had anorexia for more than 30 years when she died, aged 66, in 2003 after a fall at her home.

A GMC fitness to practise panel found that …

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