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GP is suspended for six months for altering patient’s records

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 07 July 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g4487
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1The BMJ

A Birmingham GP who retrospectively altered a cancer patient’s record and blamed it on a colleague has been suspended for six months by a fitness to practise panel. Nita Saikia Varman, who qualified in 1972, added notes to the record of a previous examination to make it seem more thorough than it had been.

“Patient A” attended Saikia Varman’s practice in June 2007 complaining of hoarseness. She recorded absence of rash, fever, or foreign body sensation and advised the patient to quit smoking …

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