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Former medical director faces claims that he failed to act over concerns about doctor

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: (Published 07 June 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i3195
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

The medical director of an NHS trust repeatedly failed to take action to protect patients from the risk of harm posed by a bungling consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist, the General Medical Council has alleged.

In a hearing that opened on 6 June and is listed to finish on 1 July, Paul Upton is accused of having not properly investigated or intervened from January 2010 to October 2011 as concerns mounted over the practice of Rob Jones.1

The case is thought to be the first action by the regulator to go to a hearing that focuses on a doctor’s managerial role rather than on his clinical practice. A spokeswoman …

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