Seven days in medicine: 13-19 February

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: (Published 19 February 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i952

In the dock

Psychiatrist is struck off Adam Osborne, a psychiatrist, was struck off the UK medical register after admitting to a sexual relationship with a vulnerable patient. Osborne was treating the patient for depression and anxiety in his private London clinic when the affair began, but she took an overdose when he ended it two years later. The Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service heard that Osborne had asked her at the start of the affair to promise that she would not report him to the General Medical Council. (See The BMJ’s full story at doi:10.1136/bmj.i900.)

GP is suspended over zopiclone prescriptions A UK general practitioner who prescribed 28 zopiclone sleeping pills to an elderly patient to push through the letter box of neighbours who allegedly played music and sang late into the night was suspended from the medical register for three months. The Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service also found that Alexander Munro, 67, had not properly examined the 84 year old woman for signs of dementia. The …

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