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Cop-biting doctor is suspended

Jan 31 2006

 

A DOCTOR who drunkenly bit a cop and concealed her driving offences from her employers has been suspended for two months.

Nada Zakaria, of Champion Hill, Camberwell, didn't tell bosses at St George's Hospital, Tooting, that she had two convictions for drink-driving, a tribunal at the General Medical Council (GMC) was told last week.

Zakaria had said that, as a Muslim, she feared the incidents would bring shame upon her family back in Sudan.

Her offences were only discovered when the hospital made checks with the Criminal Records Bureau.

The 37-year-old represented herself at the hearing and said she did not regard drink-driving as a criminal conviction.

She said her actions in not admitting the offences was: "A spur of the moment decision [made] out of shame and fear."

Douglas Gentleman, chairman of the GMC's fitness to practise panel, said: "Dishonesty, even where it does not result in direct harm to patients, is particularly serious because it undermines the trust the public place in the medical profession. "The panel has heard your assurance that such events will never happen again. You have acquired insight and have learned from your mistakes."

Heather Norton, for the GMC, had earlier told the hearing: "Dr Zakaria admitted she had been dishonest in completing the application form and said she was embarrassed about the offences. "She believed her behaviour was not a threat to patient safety."

 

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