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GP who dishonestly recorded patients’ vital signs without measuring them is struck off

BMJ 2019; 367 doi: (Published 15 October 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;367:l6044
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

A GP has been struck off the UK medical register after a tribunal found that she dishonestly recorded patients’ temperature, pulse, and other key variables without ever actually measuring them or carrying out a proper examination.

Kathleen Bilton was an out-of-hours GP at Royal Glamorgan Hospital in south Wales in early 2018 when two complaints arose from patients she had sent home with antibiotic prescriptions. Both were admitted to hospital soon after and diagnosed with sepsis.

Their medical records showed that Bilton had entered specific figures for their pulse, temperature, respiration, and other variables, but both complainants denied that she had taken such measurements.

Their complaints led Bilton’s employer, the Cwm Taf University Health Board, to refer her to the General Medical Council.

Bilton, who qualified at the University …

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