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Tribunal was “unduly lenient” over psychiatrist’s deception, says High Court

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: (Published 16 March 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i1588
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

The Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service made an error of judgment in finding that the fitness to practise of a psychiatrist who falsified dozens of documents was not impaired, a High Court judge has ruled.

The Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care brought a rare High Court appeal after a tribunal decided that Okwuolisa Igwilo should not face a sanction for an “isolated period of dishonesty that occurred against a background of severe personal stress.”

Igwilo unsuccessfully applied in 2010 for entry to the General Medical Council’s specialist register for forensic psychiatrists, …

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