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Vindicated GP's fears over standard of proof

A GP whose GMC misconduct ruling was overturned by the highest court in the land has spoken of his fears over a weakening of the standard of proof in fitness to practise cases.

Dr Narasinga Mukunda Rao went to the Privy Council to overturn a GMC ruling of serious professional misconduct in 2003.

He believes many more GPs will end up fighting judgments they believe are unfair if the standard of proof changes.

Dr Rao, a GP in Wrexham, said the case made his life 'a misery'. He said: 'I am concerned that many more doctors would go through this if the standard of proof is weakened.

'My children and family got depressed and didn't come out of the house for some time.

'They didn't want to come out because it was in the newspapers as soon as we got in

that evening of the GMC verdict.'

He added: 'I had a diagnosis of diabetes and high blood pressure. I looked five to 10 years older.'

Dr Rao had conditions put on his registration for 18 months by the GMC as a result of a case in which he admitted giving inadequate telephone advice to a woman about the condition of her husband, who later died.

But the Privy Council said the GMC had been too harsh in attaching 'the stigma of such a finding to a doctor of 25 years' standing with an hitherto unblemished career'.

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