Private specialist GP faces GMC hearing on ‘risk’

From BBC website, 29 April 2010

A doctor due to go before the General Medical Council for the seventh time later says she cannot understand why complaints against her are being heard. Dr Sarah Myhill has a private practice near Knighton, Powys, where she specialises in treating patients with chronic fatigue syndrome.

She says she tries to find the causes of a disease, rather than treating the symptoms with drugs.

A GMC panel will consider whether her methods pose a risk to the public.

A statement on the GMC panel listings says they will consider information received regarding the advice and recommendations issued by Dr Myhill.

They will consider whether there may be “impairment of Dr Myhill’s fitness to practise which poses a real risk to members of the public or may adversely affect the public interests or Dr Myhill’s own interests”.

Supporters of the doctor plan to hold a demonstration outside the hearing in London, saying she is the victim of a “witch-hunt”.

They say no patient has ever complained about her.

Dr Myhill runs a website which gives information on allergies and hormones, and advocates what she calls a “stone age diet” for people suffering from myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) and other complaints including chemical sensitivity.

She treats people from across the UK.

However it is the website which has prompted the latest complaints against Dr Myhill.

She said in a statement on her website that a group of doctors have complained about her recommending a B12 vitamin injection to a patient.

A second complainant said the information on her website was “very worrying” and was concerned “patients are being seriously misled”.

Dr Myhill has already faced six GMC hearings since 2001 following allegations from other doctors.

She told BBC Wales: “I think there’s a small group of doctors who perceive me as a threat to their professional integrity in some way and that is certainly not my desire to in any way threaten them.

“My motive is purely to help the patient to get well in as safe a way as is possible.”

Patricia Chell has been travelling back and forth from Shropshire for three years to receive treatment, and says her health has improved dramatically since being prescribed magnesium by Dr Myhill.

“I think it’s dreadful, and in fact if she’s suspended, my life’s at stake – literally. Without this magnesium, I should eventually get heart failure again.”

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