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Locum GP who lied about advice to mother whose baby later died is suspended for 12 months

BMJ 2021; 373 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.n936 (Published 09 April 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;373:n936
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

A GP has been suspended from the UK medical register for 12 months after a tribunal found that he failed to recognise the seriousness of symptoms described to him by an 11 month old baby’s mother in a telephone consultation, then lied under oath at a coroner’s inquest into the baby’s subsequent death.

Anthony Ojo was a locum working for an out-of-hours service when the mother called just before midnight on 20 May 2017, reporting symptoms that included vomiting, diarrhoea, fever in the past 12 hours, and cold, clammy skin.

Ojo did not follow relevant guidance on assessing the risks posed to the child in light of his age, history, and symptoms, said chairwoman of the medical practitioners tribunal Louise Sweet. “These …

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