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Middlesbrough GP suspended for not carrying out Taxi and Private Hire Medicals thoroughly

29/08/2017

Middlesbrough GP suspended for not carrying out Taxi and Private Hire Medicals thoroughly

Many Licensing Officers may find the following news story of great interest:

 

The suspension of a GP for not correctly carrying out taxi drivers’ medicals sends out a “strong message to anyone else tempted to cut corners.” That’s the view of Middlesbrough Council , which has condemned as a “huge breach of trust” the actions of Dr Bimal Singh.

 

As reported, following a tribunal, Dr Singh has been suspended for a month after he failed to check the medical records of 127 Teesside taxi drivers before completing their certificates of fitness to drive taxis. Had he done so, past medical episodes for several drivers would have been flagged up.

 

Dr Singh - an out-of-hours GP and associate specialist in North Tees and Hartlepool Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust - carried out the medicals in 2014 and 2015 for Hartlepool and Middlesbrough taxi drivers. The Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service ruled his registration should be suspended for a month “to send a clear message to you, the profession and the wider public that your misconduct constituted behaviour unbefitting a registered doctor and will be dealt with seriously.”

 

Dr Singh, 66, told The Gazette he hadn’t been told he needed to check medical records and had apologised as soon as the error was brought to light. Confirming he wouldn’t appeal, he said his suspension would run from September 15 to October 13.

 

Commenting on his suspension, a Middlesbrough Council spokesman said: “Members of the public using taxis have a right to expect them to be safe, and that includes the health and wellbeing of the driver.

 

Source: 22 August 2017- http://www.gazettelive.co.uk/news

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