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GP wins six-year legal battle, but loses practice

A GP who overcame a six-year battle to clear her name following an investigation into so-called ‘ghost’ patients has had her practice closed by NHS England.

Dr Lucia Gibson was given permission to start work again this month for the first time since September 2007 after being found not guilty of 37 criminal fraud charges and then passing a reassessment by the GMC of her medical abilities.

But NHS England Surrey and Sussex region, which took over the responsibilities of Surrey PCT, won a High Court battle to close her practice last month.

Dr Gibson was arrested in 2007 and investigated by the NHS Counter Fraud Service, now known as NHS Protection, into allegations of faked medical records and “ghost” patients at her practice in Walton-on-Thames health centre.

She was suspended by the PCT from practising as a GP in Surrey, struck off the PCT’s performers list and suspended by the GMC.

Dr Gibson said she spent £180,000 on legal fees and a GMC panel later admitted there had been a ‘manifest injustice’ in the way it had handled her case.

After a six year battle last month the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service gave her permission to return to work, on the condition she is supervised by another GP for three months. 

A successful application has also seen her added to the performers list for Essex.

Dr Gibson said she would work unpaid as a GP in Essex. She said : ‘I don’t have anything left to lose I have already lost everything.’

She told Pulse she hoped that the ‘whole truth’ about her ordeal would emerge.

‘What I can’t believe is that two weeks after I lost my practice I am back on the performers list,’ she said.

Dr Gibson, who qualified in Nigeria, came to the UK in 1986 to work in obstetrics and gynaecology and became a GP in 1999. She began working at the Blue Practice in Walton Health Centre in 2003.

She was cleared of fraud at Kingston crown court in 2009 after a trial costing £1.5m.

A spokesman for NHS England (South) said: ‘Throughout this affair we have put patient safety and the need for absolute confidence in the ability of people working for the NHS at the centre of everything that we have done.”

He confirmed that Dr Gibson’s practice had now closed and that ‘patients have been supported in moving to other practices’.

Readers' comments (12)

  • Shocking but sadly not surprising when you look at the statisitics for GMC hearings and race.

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  • Congratulations to Dr Gibson for having the resolve to fight the unjust treatment from NHS England and the GMC ,both of whom have in recent years become very heavy-handed particularly with foreign doctors.

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  • What has this doctors LMC done to defend this case?
    If she is facing hardship has she applied to the Cameron Fund?
    If you don't know what this is go on the web-site.

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  • Vinci Ho

    Is it fair to say , ' there are lessons to be learnt by GMC , LMCs and accordingly CCGs'?

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  • Dear Dr Gibson, you have been treated unfairly. You are an inspiration to so many because you never gave up the fight to clear your name.

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  • Vinci Ho

    Editor,
    What is the position of PULSE if (and only if) Dr Gibson was willing to publish her story?? ( No disrespect to you , Dr Gibson)

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  • >Dr Gibson said she would work unpaid as a GP in Essex. She said : ‘I don’t have anything left to lose I have already lost everything.’
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    Presumably someone from NHS England will be held to account now? No? What a surprise. Where is the CQC equivalent for NHS England?

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  • It's the system, if they can't get you one way, they will get you another!

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  • its time that all these big organization answer few questions ....

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  • If i were Dr. Gibson, I would now be counter suing the GMC, and who ever else brought up these charges, now that she has been cleared there has obviously huge harm and liable to be held to account. I'm sure by the sound of it in the realm of a couple million plus lost wages and emotional effect.

    What are the statistics of GMC investigations in regards to IMG's vs. Domestic?

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