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High Court dismisses GP's challenge

PUBLISHED: 16:45 31 July 2001 | UPDATED: 15:16 03 March 2010

A POPULAR GP, suspended over blunders he says were due to an enormous workload, was today facing an estimated £20,000 legal costs bill after failing in a High Court bid for the right to go back to work at the Port of Felixstowe.

A POPULAR GP, suspended over blunders he says were due to an enormous workload, was today facing an estimated £20,000 legal costs bill after failing in a High Court bid for the right to go back to work at the Port of Felixstowe.

Dr Charles Burnham-Slipper, 62, claims he delayed referring six patients – one of whom had cancer – to specialists, and mislaid the records of hundreds of others because of a "disproportionately heavy workload" which saw him taking work home after 12-hour days.

He was suspended by the General Medical Council's Professional Conduct Committee on May 4 this year after they found him guilty of serious professional misconduct, despite 160 letters of support being handed in from loyal patients.

Dr Burnham-Slipper is already appealing against the GMC's decision to the Privy Council.

But he asked London's High Court to lift his suspension so that he can continue practising in his role as Port Medical Adviser in Felixstowe.

Mr Justice Moses this afternoon dismissed his challenge and ordered him to pay legal costs bills estimated at £20,000.

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