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Consultant is suspended for nine months for risking patient safety

BMJ 2017; 358 doi: (Published 04 August 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j3769
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

A consultant haematologist who belittled colleagues, held out the promise of a cure to a patient with advanced lymphoma, and entered a patient’s home to leave a note has been suspended for nine months by a fitness to practise tribunal that called her conduct a potential risk to patients.

Finella Brito-Babapulle, 63, inappropriately contacted patients within a few days of finishing her locum job at St Mary’s Hospital on the Isle of Wight, in one case offering “false hope” of a cure to an 84 year old patient with lymphoma.

Panel chair Janet Nicholls told Brito-Babapulle that in her testimony she had attempted “to discredit the tribunal’s …

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