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Consultant who put risperidone in wife’s tea without her knowledge is suspended for three months

BMJ 2019; 367 doi: (Published 17 October 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;367:l6088
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

A locum consultant who told his wife’s GP that he had been slipping the antipsychotic drug risperidone covertly into her tea—and who asked the GP for more risperidone so that he could continue doing so—has been suspended from the UK medical register for three months.

Chandranath Sarkar was originally suspended for four months in 2018 by a different panel of the medical practitioners tribunal service, but he appealed to the High Court. He argued that his right to stay in the UK would be threatened by suspension, since his tier 2 visa required him to be working in his current post with Cwm Taf Health Board.

The four month suspension was also appealed by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care (PSA), for being too lenient, although the General …

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