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Doctor fails to stop unused material from trial in which he was acquitted being handed to GMC

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 19 November 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g6973
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1The BMJ

A doctor who was found not guilty of sexual assault by a jury has failed in a bid to stop the police handing over to the General Medical Council material that was not used in his trial.

The ruling by High Court judge Mrs Justice Cox in the case brought by Ali Izzet Nakash was described by the GMC’s counsel Iain Steele as “an important judgment on the balance between an individual’s right to privacy and the public interest in regulators having access to potentially relevant material.”

Nakash, originally from Iraq, was a specialist registrar in obstetrics and gynaecology who had been working at the Royal Free Hospital in north London for around four years when he performed …

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