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GP is suspended after tribunal decides erasure would be "disproportionate"

BMJ 2017; 358 doi: (Published 14 July 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j3432
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

A GP who misled a coroner about his treatment of two patients has been suspended for four months by a medical practitioners tribunal that rejected a request from the General Medical Council to strike him off.

Abubakr Osman, who qualified in Sudan in 2002, was asked by a coroner’s officer in February 2014 to provide records of his last interaction with a patient who had died at home of bleeding from a burst abscess in his groin.

Osman had spoken to the patient while on telephone triage duty three days earlier. After a two minute phone consultation in which the patient mentioned his abscess and said that it was causing pain, Osman had prescribed flucloxacillin. He had not …

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