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Royal College of Pathologists: president elect is barred after misconduct allegations are upheld

BMJ 2020; 368 doi: (Published 18 February 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;368:m638
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

The Royal College of Pathologists has barred its president elect, Peter Furness, from taking office after a disciplinary panel convened by the college upheld allegations of misconduct against him.

Furness, 64, who was due to take over as president in November, is a consultant histopathologist at Leicester Royal Infirmary and honorary professor of renal pathology at Leicester University. He ran for the presidency and was elected on a platform that argued that “the college should cut back to its core function of defining and maintaining quality.” He had previously served as president from 2008 to 2011.

It was only when he left office after the first term “that I realised how excessively our …

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