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GP charged with attempted murder following report of ‘suspected poisoning’

GP charged with attempted murder following report of ‘suspected poisoning’

A GP has been charged by police with attempted murder following a report of ‘suspected poisoning’ in Newcastle.

Dr Thomas Kwan was charged following a report received on 24 January, Northumbria Police said.

The force said that the offence is alleged to have taken place in Newcastle and that the alleged victim – a man in his 70s – is not one of Dr Kwan’s patients.

A Northumbria Police spokesperson said: ‘Following a report of suspected poisoning which was received on 24 January, Thomas Kwan, 52, of Brading Court, Ingleby Barwick, has been charged with attempted murder.’

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He appeared at Newcastle Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday (7 February). He did not enter any pleas and will next appear at Newcastle Crown Court on 6 March.

Happy House Surgery in Sunderland, which lists Dr Kwan as one of its GP partners on its website, told Pulse it is currently not able to comment on the case due to the ongoing proceedings.

A spokesperson for the surgery said: ‘We are not able to comment as this is a police investigation.

‘The practice remains open and our priority is to ensure continuity of care and services for our patients at this time.’