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
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