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Barnet doctor suspended for 12 months after ‘inappropriately conducting breast examination’

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Barnet doctor suspended for 12 months after 'inappropriately conducting breast examination'

A Barnet doctor has been suspended for 12 months after inappropriately conducting a breast examination, a tribunal heard.

Dr Dharmesh Shah, who had previously worked as a GP for 15 years in Neasden, was suspended from The Old Courthouse Surgery, in Wood Street, Barnet.

The University of Leeds graduate admitted that in or around December 4, 2014 he consulted a patient and conducted a breast examination which was not needed.

He admitted he had failed to explain the reasons for conducting the examination and did not record whether he got consent from the patient.

The London doctor also confessed on December 2, 2019 he consulted another patient and listened to her chest when it was not required. He again requested to conduct an unnecessary breast examination.

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The doctor said he had advised the second patient that a breast examination was required so that the combined oral contraceptive pill could be prescribed.

Dr Shah, who stopped working as GP in 2011 before returning to work in 2014, further admitted that he had failed to prescribe the combined oral contraceptive pill to the second patient and that he had failed to record his request for a breast examination and the patient’s decline.

A tribunal in 2019 raised concern there was a significant risk Dr Shah would repeat his behaviour relating to out of date practices.

The tribunal determined that University of Leeds graduate Dr Shah’s fitness to practise remained impaired by reason of his misconduct.

He had not provided evidence of learning about contemporary contraceptive practice, record keeping and consent.

A further tribunal on January 15 this year concluded that despite the pandemic causing serious stress on Dr Shah’s personal life there was limited progress since the 2019 tribunal hearing.

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He has produced no evidence of reflection, insight or remediation in relation to his misconduct and he could therefore put patients at risk of harm, it was heard at the tribunal.

Dr Shah was subsequently suspended for 12 months.