High Court quashes decision by Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 18 November 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f6914
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

A High Court judge has quashed a decision by a panel of the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service to suspend a consultant orthopaedic surgeon for three months and has strongly criticised the handling of the case.

Mr Justice Phillips said that the panel that ordered Ahmed Hussein’s suspension in November 2012 was “wrong in its primary finding” and “unjust by reason of a serious procedural irregularity.”

If the panel’s findings were correct, the effect would be “dramatic,” said the judge. It would mean that “a doctor would . . . automatically be guilty of misconduct by making any casual introduction to a specialist.”

Hussein was in a “close personal relationship” with a woman named only as RJ between 2005 and 2009, while he was employed as a consultant by Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust in Harlow, Essex. On four …

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