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GP cleared by GMC of 'delegating too much'

A GP cleared by the GMC after she was accused by her practice nurse of delegating too much work has said the torment of the case caused her to quit.

Dr Ruth Carson said she had endured 'two years of hell' to clear her name.

She also criticised East Surrey PCT for not helping ease the workload at her singlehanded practice in Reigate, which had 2,800 patients.

Dr Carson faced serious professional misconduct charges that between 2000 and 2001 she left her practice nurse Suzanne Kelly in charge for long periods.

She was alleged to have supplied the nurse with blank pre-signed prescriptions, allowed her to carry out full medical examinations and to stand in out-of-hours.

Ms Kelly also alleged Dr Carson had allowed her to instigate treatment for patients with hypertension and depression.

The GMC professional conduct committee last week cleared Dr Carson of serious professional misconduct.

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