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Doctors express “grave concerns” at GMC action after GP is suspended over laptop claim

BMJ 2022; 377 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.o1324 (Published 25 May 2022) Cite this as: BMJ 2022;377:o1324
  1. Elisabeth Mahase
  1. The BMJ

A GP has been suspended for a month after it was ruled that she had exaggerated what she had been told by a senior doctor when making a request for a laptop and that this amounted to dishonesty.1

The incidents took place in late 2019 and 2020 while Manjula Arora was working for Mastercall, which provided a clinical assessment service for the North West Ambulance Service. It led to a nine day medical practitioners tribunal hearing that ended on 12 May 2022.

Arora had emailed her medical director (referred to as Dr B) to ask about getting a new laptop for work and had been told that, while no laptops were currently available, “I will note your interest when the next roll out happens.” Arora later told the IT department over the phone that she had been “promised” a laptop by Dr B.

Arora’s Medical Defence Union representative Alan Jenkins argued that “no one could read the telephone call, in its entirety, as an attempt to mislead.” Additionally, it was noted …

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