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Tribunal suspends doctor for acting as expert witness beyond his competence

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 20 June 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g4126
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1The BMJ

A psychiatrist has been suspended for three months by the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service after he was found to have acted beyond his competence in preparing an expert report on a paramedic’s fitness to work.

Richard Pool was instructed by solicitors in October 2011 to provide a report to the Health Professions Council (now the Health and Care Professions Council) on “Ms A,” a paramedic with post-traumatic stress disorder and a personality disorder. His report concluded that she “would be predicted to …

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