Court reviews sicknote case

The High Court has ruled that a GP caught in a Sunday newspaper "sting" over sicknotes should face the General Medical Council. The GMC stayed disciplinary proceedings against Dr Gurpinder Saluja, from Walthamstow, east London, after ruling that he had been "pressurised" and was a victim of entrapment.

But the decision was successfully challenged, in the first case of its kind, by the Council for the Regulation of Healthcare Professionals (CRHP). Dr Saluja was one of a number of GPs selected at random to be asked to provide a sickness certificate by Sunday Times journalist Rachel Dobson, who was clearly not ill.

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