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Tribunal is criticised for spending 57 days hearing a case

BMJ 2017; 356 doi: (Published 07 March 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;356:j1214
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

A High Court judge has criticised a medical practitioners tribunal that spent 57 days hearing a case against a consultant gynaecologist before deciding to suspend him from practice for three months.

The hearing into Olofunso Oyesanya’s fitness to practise started in March 2015 and finished in September 2016 after repeatedly running out of time and having to reconvene six times.

Oyesanya, who qualified in Nigeria, was charged with a catalogue of failings, but only three of the allegations were upheld. He is appealing to the High Court against the tribunal’s findings.

Allowing him an adjournment to organise legal representation for the appeal, Mr Justice Holman said that the gynaecologist had “a good and well arguable case.” He added, “Quite frankly, and with all due respect to the tribunal, this case must have got completely …

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