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Gynaecologist is struck off for lying about indemnity cover

BMJ 2017; 356 doi: (Published 05 January 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;356:j72
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

A consultant gynaecologist whose former patients have made 85 legal claims against NHS trusts has been struck off the UK medical register for conducting private practice for nearly four and a half years without indemnity cover and lying about it.

Rod Irvine, 63, worked as a consultant with the now defunct South London Healthcare NHS Trust. The General Medical Council received a string of patient complaints about him from 2011 to 2014, the first of which came from a private patient who wished to sue Irvine and told the GMC that he had no indemnity cover.

On 20 occasions the GMC asked Irvine for an employer disclosure form listing his jobs and cover …

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