Essex

Essex circumcision doctor barred from surgery by GMC

A doctor who performed circumcisions at an Essex clinic has been barred from carrying out surgery for 12 months by the General Medical Council (GMC).

Dr Aziz Chaudry's fitness to practise was impaired as a result of his misconduct, a panel found.

The hearing concluded the standard of care given to five boys in 2006 was not that expected of a registered medical practitioner.

The patients all received circumcisions at his private clinic in Clacton.

The panel also found he failed to provide adequate details to the boy's families and to warn them of possible complications.

Complaints from families

His procedures revealed failings in notifying the patients' GPs about the circumcisions, and inadequate record keeping, the GMC concluded.

The GMC imposed conditions on his registration which will remain in place for 12 months.

The doctor, who was trained in Pakistan and claimed to have more than 20 years' experience, was told he cannot carry out any surgical procedures for the next 12 months, including circumcisions.

Before the end of the 12-month period, a GMC Fitness to Practise Panel will review the case.

The allegations against the doctor were made after complaints from the Muslim families of five boys - three of them brothers - between the ages of 22 months and seven years.

Dr Chaudry admitted failures in relation to his note keeping after it emerged he had not written down the dosage of anaesthetics he had administered.

But he denied the remaining allegations of misconduct.

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