Private Powys GP year ban for ‘inappropriate treatment’

October 15, 2010


From BBC News, 15 October 2010

A GP has been suspended from practising medicine for a year by the General Medical Council (GMC).

Dr Sarah Myhill, 52, who has a private practice near Knighton, Powys had claimed she was a “pioneer” in the treatment of chronic fatigue syndrome.

The GMC imposed an interim ban while it investigates her claims, but it said Dr Myhill might pose a “risk to patients”.

She was banned from prescribing drugs for 18 months by the GMC in April, and told to take down part of her website.

It came after a group of GPs based in Yorkshire claimed she had provided “inappropriate” treatment to a patient in June 2009.

Dr Myhill recommended vitamin and magnesium injections for suspected chronic fatigue syndrome, a treatment an expert said had “no clinical or biochemical basis”.

The GMC imposed an interim ban while it investigates her claims, but it said Dr Myhill might pose a “risk to patients”.

She was banned from prescribing drugs for 18 months by the GMC in April, and told to take down part of her website.

It came after a group of GPs based in Yorkshire claimed she had provided “inappropriate” treatment to a patient in June 2009.

Dr Myhill recommended vitamin and magnesium injections for suspected chronic fatigue syndrome, a treatment an expert said had “no clinical or biochemical basis”.

Stuart Jones, a senior clinical scientist at Queen's Hospital in Romford, Essex, also raised concerns about advice on the doctor's website concerning breast cancer screening and child vaccinations.

The website discouraged women from using the oral contraceptive pill, recommended an alternative method of breast cancer screening and restated the link between the measles, mumps and rubella jab and autism, which has now been discredited.

The latest GMC hearing heard that there were “repeated and significant concerns raised by former patients, medical practitioners and other members of the public”.

GMC panel chair Dr Peter Maguire said: “The circumstances which bring patients to your practice by their very nature make your patients vulnerable, notwithstanding any actual health issues.

“The panel is satisfied that, based on the complaints made, and the concerns raised, there is sufficient information before it to indicate that there may be impairment of your fitness to practise and that such impairment may pose a real risk to patients.

‘The panel has been extremely concerned by your possible lack of understanding of the requirements of modern day best practice, as well as a seeming lack of perception and understanding of the consequences of your actions.”

Dr Myhill tried to challenge the interim conditions at the review hearing, which was held in public at her request.

It was attended by around a dozen of her supporters.

The hearing also heard that the GMC had received further complaints since April's ruling.

They included a suggestion that Dr Myhill had attempted to exploit a loophole in a requirement she take down information on her website by posting a link to an “ungagged” version of the site.

Dr Myhill said she could not be held responsible if other people had chosen to copy her website.

Her 12-month interim order will be reviewed within three months.

Dr Myhill has been asked to comment.

4 thoughts on “Private Powys GP year ban for ‘inappropriate treatment’”

  1. The GMC needs to be scrapped. It is not an independent group, but an old boys network. They have broken the data protection act and the freedom of information act in relation to this case.

  2. It was vitamin and magnesium injections that got me out of bed. Stopped my migraines. I am allergic to most meds even inhalers for asthma. I have been in a fight with my local PCT over this for nearly two years. I have been refused funding. They worry about the side effects. There are going to be so many patients left untreated! They should start listening to the patients. It is not our fault that the research is not being carried out.

  3. Instead of pursuing a witch hunt against a doctor who has actually done some good for ME-cfs patients, why doesn’t the GMC investigate the appalllingly unethical abuse of patients who are the victims of prejudiced and incompetent work capability assessments at the hands of “Medical Professionals” employed by ATOS Healthcare.

  4. Readers of this news report need to be aware of the background to this case as the report unchallenged merely serves to perpetuate what seems to have been a long-drawn out witch-hunt against a brilliant and caring doctor, whose thousands of patients are going to be left devastated by this ruling.
    go to the Support Dr myhill website for info, also check out nhsexposedblog.blogspot.com
    I have been a patient of Dr Myhill since 2001 and can testify to her expertise, her care and her professionalism. She has at all times kept in touch with my own GP regarding treatments she has recommended. Indeed, my (NHS) GP has been delighted that I have been able to access help from someone dedicated to finding treatments to alleviate ME.
    I really urge readers of this to educate themselves about how this Kangaroo-court of a case has been handled because it raises extremely serious issues about the competence, motives and ethics of the GMC. Most members of the general public will assume the GMC is a benevolent organisation deoted to safeguarding patients. Those of us who have followed the case, and indeed, are directly affected by the ruling and the consequent loss of this brilliant doctor, have had a rude awakening to the realisation that they have just presided over a terrible miscarriage of justice.
    I believe that the Hippocratic Oath begins “First do no harm” or words to that effect. I can assure you that very much harm is now being done to Dr Myhill’s thousands of devoted patients, in being deprived of someone for whom many was their only beacon of hope in their battles against this awful condition of ME.

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