Selva Ramasamy QC successfully defended Dr X against allegations of an inappropriate relationship with a patient.
Selva Ramasamy QC was instructed in 2018 in this case which began with an inquiry into a doctor’s alleged inappropriate relationship with a patient, and allegations of poor prescribing practices. The GMC then widened the inquiry to include separate allegations of familial and domestic abuse, and sought to allege sexual motivation in respect of the patient relationship. Selva presented several legal arguments in a preliminary hearing before the MPTS which spanned 17 days from 2019-2021. Over the course of those 17 days, Selva persuaded the MPTS to stay the majority of the allegations as an abuse of process. Selva then persuaded the GMC Case Examiners to cancel the separate inquiry into the allegations of domestic abuse, arguing that it amounted to over-reach into private life. The only allegations which remained to be considered were two matters which the doctor had always admitted. In the final hearing before the MPTS in October 2021, the Tribunal agreed with Selva’s submission that the doctor’s fitness to practise was not impaired. They further agreed with his submission that a warning was not appropriate.
Selva was instructed by Kirsty Jeeves of the Medical Defence Union.