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Trainee GP who posted photos of patients online is told his fitness to practise is impaired

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 31 March 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g2454
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

A trainee GP who posted photographs of three patients’ injuries on Instagram along with demeaning comments has escaped sanction despite a finding of impaired fitness to practise by the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service.

Cemal Kavasogullari, who qualified in Turkey in 2008, asked permission from his patients to photograph their injuries with his mobile phone, to consult with colleagues. But after deleting them on his phone he later found that they had been uploaded to an online storage service, and he posted them to his Instagram account without the patients’ consent. The patients …

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