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GP wins court review against GMC
Wednesday 24 November 2010
GP wins court review against GMC
A Mid Wales GP suspended from practising medicine for a year because of the potential risk she poses to patients, has won a judicial review against the General Medical Council.
Dr Sarah Myhill, 52, who has a private practice at Llangunllo, was suspended from the medical register until October 2011 by the GMC’s Interim Order Panel last month.
But the doctor, who specialises in the treatment of chronic fatigue syndrome, has now succeeded in getting a judicial review at the High Court in London, which will be heard in the week beginning November 29.
Dr Myhill said she would be asking the High Court to judicially review the GMC’s actions against her because she believes they erred in court.
She maintains the GMC does not have any case against her; all they had asked her to do was submit observations on what they had put to her.
Dr Myhill said she had also been prevented from calling her own witnesses, that no harm had been caused to any patient and no patient had complained.
She said the only thing they had was an anonymous complaint from 1996, but the GMC’s own rules say they are not allowed to consider complaints more than five years old.
Yet, the doctor said she has been ‘punished’ by the GMC, via the suspension.
“If I fail in the High Court I will go to the European Court of Human Rights,” she vowed. “I have no choice because I know I will not get a fair hearing with the GMC so I have to go to a higher court.”
Dr Myhill said she had been receiving help and advice from other doctors who have had issues with the GMC, and the support she had received from her patients had been fantastic.
“I have 8,000 patients on my books and the GMC has received 1,200 letters and there is a 4,000 signature petition online all supporting me.”
In April, Dr Myhill was banned from prescribing drugs for 18 months. She was later suspended.
The GMC imposed five conditions for a total of 18 months after she was found to be ‘potentially putting patients at risk’.
It came after a group of eight GPs based in Yorkshire claimed she had provided “inappropriate” treatment to a patient in June 2009.
At a six-month review hearing in London last month, the GMC heard that there were “repeated and significant concerns raised by former patients, medical practitioners and other members of the public”.
The panel determined that the original order remained necessary but went a step further and suspended the doctor for the remainder of the order.
Dr Myhill tried to challenge the interim conditions at the review hearing, which was held in public at her request. It was attended by around a dozen of her supporters.
Dr Myhill’s 12-month interim order will be reviewed before the end of January.
The above originally appeared here.
And here are our previous news items about Dr Myhill and her court case:
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