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GP's anger at hunger-strike complaint

Dr Chris Udenze has described an NHS trust's decision to lodge a complaint against him after he advised a man on a hunger strike of the potential consequences as 'outrageous'.

A manager at Nottinghamshire NHS Healthcare Trust complained to Nottingham City PCT a year ago after Dr Udenze asked for information about Abas Amini, a Kurdish asylum seeker. Mr Amini had stitched up his mouth, eyes and ears in protest at the way his asylum claim was handled by the Home Office.

Dr Udenze, a GP in Nottingham, was asked by friends to visit Mr Amini and warned him of the risk of getting irreparable infections in his eyes and suffering renal failure. But the manager claimed he breached patient confidentiality by asking the trust for additional information about Mr Amini.

Dr Udenze told Pulse he had refused to discuss the issue with the PCT until now because it would not give him detailed information about the complaint and who lodged it. 'The PCT felt I had no right to be involved,' he said. 'As a practitioner I have a right to see anyone I want to. This is a completely groundless and outrageous complaint.'

Dr Udenze said he wants an apology underlining the fact he acted ethically at a meeting with the PCT on June 1.

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