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Doctor who visited relative during lockdown in scrubs receives no sanction from tribunal

BMJ 2023; 383 doi: (Published 21 November 2023) Cite this as: BMJ 2023;383:p2749
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

A doctor who wore scrubs and a stethoscope to visit a relative in hospital during the early covid lockdown in 2020, when visits were banned, escaped a sanction after a medical practitioners tribunal found that although he was guilty of misconduct his current fitness to practise was not impaired. The General Medical Council failed to prove that Muhammad Chaudhary, at the time a GP trainee at North Manchester General Hospital, had known that the rules on visiting in place at Wythenshawe Hospital barred him from seeing his relative, said Julia Oakford, chairing the tribunal.

Chaudhary had been allowed to visit his relative, who had a serious bacterial infection, the day before at Stepping Hill Hospital, and had discussed his case with a consultant there. The patient was then transferred to the Wythenshawe, where …

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