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BMJ 2016; 352 doi: (Published 16 February 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i983

This Analysis article (BMJ 2016;352:h6952, doi:10.1136/bmj.h6952) by Peter Wilmshurst incorrectly states that the University of London has “ignored repeated requests to withdraw his [Anjan Kumar Banerjee’s] Master of Surgery (MS) degree during the 15 years since it was confirmed to be based on fraudulent data.” This error is repeated in a linked Editorial (BMJ 2016;352:i293, doi:10.1136/bmj.i293) by Richard Smith, which says that “the University of London has not withdrawn his MS degree,” and in an Editor’s Choice (BMJ 2016;352:i674, doi:10.1136/bmj.i674), which refers to Banerjee retaining “a masters degree that was based on fraudulent data.”

The University of London has since told The BMJ that Banerjee’s degree was revoked on 21 January 2015 after a full inquiry, including the convening of a full review panel at which Banerjee was represented. No public announcement of the revocation of the degree was made.


Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i983