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GP demands probe into GMC registration of overseas doctors

By Nigel Praities

A GP whose father died following a mistake by a German locum doctor has called for investigation into the GMC registration of overseas doctors.

David Gray died in February 2008 after being given a 100mg dose of diamorphine by a Dr Daniel Ubani, who was employed by out of hours provider Take Care Now.

Dr Ubani was granted registration one and a half years before by the GMC, which enabled him to practice in the UK.

Mr Gray's son, GP Dr Stuart Gray, has called for the registration procedures at the GMC to be urgently reviewed for overseas doctors as he believed Dr Ubani did not have sufficient experience working as a GP in his home country.

‘The GMC seems to be registering doctors from overseas without really understanding the qualifications they have with regard to general practice in that country and how this pertains to the qualifications of UK practitioners.

‘I can't believe the GMC has looked at these certificates in some detail, otherwise they would have known he would have known he had very little experience in general practice.

Dr Gray, a GP in the West Midlands, said the current system of out of hours care put profits before patient care.

‘There tends to be wide variation in how PCTs manage the OOH service and there doesn't seem to be any standards.

‘Private companies are being hired to run OOH services and they are a business interested in making as much money as they can. Patient care often comes second to that,' he said.

The NHS Alliance urged OOH providers to vet their overseas GPs closely and ‘err on the side of patient safety' if they had any doubts about their capabilities.

Dr Ray Montague, of out-of-hours providers BrisDoc and member of the NHS Alliance Urgent Primary Care Network, said: ‘This shocking and tragic case should sharpen all our thinking about the delivery of out-of-hours care. We cannot risk another case like this.

‘The Government and professional bodies must help providers to put in place necessary measures to ensure that all doctors who practise in Britain are trained to British standards, and that all patients are protected,' he said.

GP demands review of registration of overseas doctors by GMC

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