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Tribunal service was wrong not to allow doctor to quit medical register, judge says

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 14 March 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f1672
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

The High Court in Manchester has quashed an “irrational” refusal by the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service to let a suicidal paediatrician remove himself voluntarily from the medical register rather than face allegations of misconduct at a fitness to practise hearing.

Judge Graham Wood said that the decision to refuse the request was “a conclusion which no tribunal properly directing itself on the identified unchallenged evidence could have arrived at.”

Unusually, his judgment conceals the identity of the doctor, whose case was heard in private and who is referred to only by the initials LI.

The doctor, now aged 67, was working as a paediatric locum at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich, southeast London, in 2008 when a 10 year old boy with cerebral palsy was brought to the hospital’s emergency department with pain in a hip, which had previously been operated on. He was unable to be admitted …

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