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GP suspension confirmed.

A London GP is unable to run his practice until May after failing to overturn a Care Quality Commission (CQC) decision to suspend his registration.

An appeal by Dr Mujib ul Haq Khan was unanimously dismissed by a tribunal which said that it was an "inescapable" conclusion people had been exposed to the risk of harm.

The appeal was against a registration suspension used for the first time against a GP by the CQC.

The decision not to allow the appeal means Dr Khan is barred from running Granville Road Surgery, in Southfields, until May. His 800 patients have been temporarily moved to nearby practices by NHS England.

CQC deputy chief inspector of general practice, Ruth Rankine, said: "This case saw repeated breaches of the law and patients put at risk. We do not take enforcement action lightly, but are satisfied that the tribunal has agreed with our assessment that patients were at risk at this practice."

In its judgement, the tribunal said: "The conclusion that, in Dr Khan’s practice, persons, patients, staff and doctors, were exposed to the risk of harm was inescapable. That risk would have continued without action by the CQC."

The CQC took urgent action in January after inspectors found failings including a lack of available emergency medication and inadequate arrangements for emergency treatment; locums working without appropriate employment checks; inadequate arrangements for recording and reporting incidents and inadequate fire safety arrangements.

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