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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)

  • He should sue the GMC for loss of income. That might make them think twice about using civil standards. One wrong word from a patient with an axe to grind, and a doctors whole life destroyed.

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  • ‘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].’

    Yes you are a bunch of sore loosers. You failed to give sufficient reasons to support a claim, knowing very well this will ruin somebody's (isn't a doctor a human being anymore? What are we, some kind of empathysing medical machine?) life. Yet even when told at high court your decision was wrong, you use a technical point in the law and refuse to apologise.

    Do you not understand this is why the profession nor the public has no faith in GMC.

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  • "A religious gift"??Are you out of your freaking mind.Didn't the simpleton realise that giving gifts to patients,especially in this day and age,is asking for trouble?

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  • Okay so he is from a different culture, medical training not in tune then as he is probably now about such policies. Does this man deserve the public hanging and punishment dealt?? Does his family deserve to suffer like this??
    The case is outrageous.

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  • If this continues no one would like to continue working as a doctor. Its simply not worth it.

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  • IT is time gmc protect doctors from malicious complaint.patient need to be sued as well. there has to be punishment for false complaint.

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  • Easy to sort. The entire GMC panel MUST now be placed on gardening leave while their actions are fully investigated by an independent group. May I suggest a group of experienced GPs.No pay for them while this prtocess takes place. Tough if it becomes protracted. I am almost certain that the outcome will identify weakness in their ability and they can be appropri\tely chastised .

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  • I am sure the 90 is just the tip of the iceberg and just the figure they wish to declare. What about all the others that have suffered mental breakdowns, health problems etc etc...

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  • You ask any doctor who has gone through the gmc process - all will say that there lives have been affected forever -certainly not a moment goes by when I don't reflect on it.

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