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UK doctor is struck off after drug user dies from overmedication

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 10 February 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g1448
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

A doctor who failed to act on clear warning signs of overdose in a patient taking methadone at a Scottish addiction clinic has been struck off the medical register.

The Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service found that Lal Bahadur Sharma had dishonestly been on weekend duty simultaneously for the clinic and the local out-of-hours service. Sharma, whose primary job was as a staff grade doctor at Law Hospital, did not attend the tribunal hearing but made written submissions.

He was also found to have flouted a previous “first and final” warning …

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