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The High Court has referred a misconduct case against a doctor back to the GMC for the first time after ruling that

its original verdict was 'unduly lenient'.

In a landmark decision, Mr Justice Richards ruled there was a 'strong case' that ENT specialist Dr Hasam Basiouny should have been struck off for carrying out an inappropriate examination of a female patient's breast and groin.

A GMC professional conduct committee had previously handed out only a six-month suspension for serious professional misconduct. A Fitness to Practise Panel will pass a final sentence in Dr Basiouny's case next month.

The case marks a victory for the new super-regulator, the Council for Health Care and Regulatory Excellence, which had referred the case to the High Court.

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