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GMC hearings led to 'GP's children living on the poverty line'

A GP has accused the GMC of ‘ruining his life’ and leaving his children living on the poverty line after the regulator decided to re-hear a case of serious sexual assault, despite its initial guilty verdict being thrown out by the High Court.

Dr Eduoard Yaacoub’s four-year ordeal had left him £100k out of pocket, leaving his ‘children living on the poverty line… unable to put fuel in his car… unable to stay in a hotel in Manchester’, his lawyer said.

He was last week found innocent of all charges of sexual assault of a patient in January 2010, having been originally been banned by the GMC fitness-to-practice panel in 2011 after it preferred the evidence of his accuser, an elderly disabled woman. This verdict was quashed last year when a High Court judge ruled that the GMC panel did not give sufficient reasons for accepting the patient’s evidence as reliable.

However, the married father-of-two was hauled back in front of a fitness-to-practise panel in Manchester to answer charges of sexual assault again, leading them to be described as ‘bad losers’ by Mary O’Rourke QC, who was defending Dr Yaacoub.

The panel cleared him of all charges, but it accused him of ‘departing from professional standards’ for offering the woman a religious gift.

Speaking outside the hearing, Dr Yaacoub said: ‘It has ruined my life for four years. I didn’t rape the patient and didn’t do anything sexual.’

‘They [the GMC] are now saying I breached the doctor/patient relationship by offering a blessing,’ he added. ‘This is ridiculous. My profession was ruined, my reputation was ruined, my family was ruined and after four years, instead of saying sorry, they are saying you are breaching relationships by offering a gift.’

Ms O’Rourke said: ‘As a result of these false allegations by this witness he has suffered a loss of reputation, profession and income.’

‘His children are living on the poverty line, he is unable to put fuel in his car, he is unable to stay in a hotel in Manchester.’

Addressing the criticisms raised during the hearing Tom Kark, QC, for the GMC, said: ‘Comments have been made by Ms O’Rourke that the GMC should apologise. She spoke about the basis being poor losers and spoke about wickedness and a conspiracy.’

He added: ‘The GMC has a duty to protect the public. The reasoning given by Mr Justice Kenneth Parker did not say the patient’s evidence was incredible. The failure was the failure of the panel to give sufficient reasons [for the findings].’

‘Once the patient indicated a willingness to give evidence, the GMC acted absolutely appropriately in bringing the case before you and allowing you, an experienced panel, to make a decision on it.’

Dr Yaacoub arrived in the UK in 1998 and undertook a number of jobs in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Kent and Manchester working in gynaecology and obstetrics before becoming a GP.

Readers' comments (17)

  • The GMC are loosing credibility and respct by the day.
    Decision by committee is their portection.
    They have to try and justify their existence- I am now ashamed to have to be associated with a group who has the responsibility of ended lives through simply callous actions.
    If any doctor behaved in a similar manner as they feel they have the right to do then they would be removed immediately .
    Simply do as I say and not as I do.
    There can be no doubt that it is a certain individual who has some axe to grind that puts themselves forward for the GMC. really says more about them.
    Only when individual accountability is present will there be any change.

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  • What was incredible was when I was before the gmc I was first of all forced to accept liability as a peace offering and a method of bargaining then advised not to contest anything for fear of angering the panel and receiving a harsher punishment then asked to fall on the sword and request a suspension again as part of a bargaining plea to avoid them coming down with an axe and erasing me! And they call it regulation! What gives these people the right to play with people's lives??

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  • I feel so sorry for this man that he and his family have lived through such hell. He would have been treated better as a criminal or an animal but alas he is only a doctor.

    The GMC would appear to put itself above the law. Surely this propagates a culture of fear in which few dare to speak? I don't see how this helps anyone and ultimately it does not help protect the public.

    I'm starting to understand why colleagues die when faced with GMC investigation and what this petition is about:

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  • The GMC should now compensate him for all his losses.

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  • OMG .. he is one of many who we haven't heard about , every day we hear new stories which makes us loose confidence and this will reflect absolutely negatively on patients care , you build confidence we you do not feel fear of injustice and oppression… Finally if you do not want foreign doctors tell that without doing such acts….

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  • GMC should be sued for ruining a doctor's life and the family.The agony we go through for months while waiting for the hearing or the case to be thrown .I am sure they take all these time to sort out cases as they want to ear money on other mans expenses. I feel sorry for the doctor and his family .We as doctors should have the right to sue patient if they bring malicious allegations

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  • Very Demoralising!

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