Popular GP awaits high court ruling
PUBLISHED: 16:03 31 July 2001 | UPDATED: 15:16 03 March 2010
A POPULAR GP suspended over blunders he says were due to an enormous workload, will hear a top judge rule on whether he can go back to work at the Port of Felixstowe.
A POPULAR GP suspended over blunders he says were due to an enormous workload, will hear a top judge rule today on whether he can 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.
In the High Court today, he will hear whether his suspension is lifted, pending his appeal against the GMC decision to the Privy Council, so he can continue practising in his role as Port Medical Adviser in Felixstowe.