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Locum ophthalmologist is struck off for “sustained pattern of appalling behaviour”

BMJ 2018; 362 doi: (Published 20 August 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;362:k3593
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

A locum consultant ophthalmologist has been struck off the UK medical register for a “sustained and repeated pattern of appalling behaviour” that included calling locum agency staff “apes and primates” and slapping another doctor’s dictaphone from his hand and trying to stamp on it.

While working in four different hospitals in England, Wales, and Scotland from 2013 to 2015, Erkan Mutlukan was also found to have been rude and aggressive to several patients, in one case twice hitting a table so forcefully that it struck an elderly woman patient, without offering an apology.

On another occasion he was so aggressive with telephone operators at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board in Wales that they agreed to dial 999 if he came in …

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