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Judge questions why GMC took three years to investigate sexual assault claim

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: (Published 03 October 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j4579
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

A High Court judge has called for an independent review of the General Medical Council’s delay in investigating a patient’s sexual assault claim against a foundation year 1 doctor, which was thrown out by a medical practitioners tribunal nearly three years after the investigation opened.1

Mr Justice Holgate made the call in a judgment quashing all the tribunal’s findings against Michael Brookman, along with the decision to strike him off the UK medical register.

The tribunal had rejected the patient’s evidence that Brookman had touched her genitalia while undertaking a sexually motivated inappropriate examination when he was working as a foundation year 1 doctor in October 2013. But it went on to strike Brookman off the register in February 2017 after finding him guilty of dishonesty in not immediately telling a locum agency and an NHS trust that were using his services about interim conditions placed on his registration. …

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