Paediatric neurologist gets short suspension after support from colleagues and parents

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: (Published 18 October 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i5588
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

A consultant paediatric neurologist who was caught in a newspaper sting taking cocaine before going on call has been suspended from the medical register for four months.

The Mail on Sunday article in January 2015 included a videotape allegedly showing Colin Ferrie snorting cocaine and measuring out the “clubbers’ drug” gamma hydroxybutyrate (GHB) with a male escort.

Ferrie, an authority on childhood epilepsy with an international reputation, was prosecuted for possession of cocaine. He admitted the offence, was given a conditional discharge for 12 months at Leeds magistrates’ court, and lost his job at Leeds General Infirmary.

At a Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service hearing in Manchester, he admitted that he was uncontactable while on …

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