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'Rude' Doctor Barred from Practice in UK
Tue Oct 22, 2:11 PM ET
LONDON (Reuters) - A British surgeon reported to have told a patient "you have cancer, I have asthma, we all have to die some time" was struck off the rolls Monday.
The General Medical Council said Dr. Mohannad Al-Fallouji's conduct "has rightly been described as bizarre."
The surgeon, dubbed "a walking terror in a white coat" by the media, made lewd remarks to female colleagues and occasionally groped them. He wrote nasty and deliberately misleading references about junior doctors, the GMC said.
He also sent a flirtatious card to a young female patient, trying to arrange a date without her parents finding out.
And he had a habit of informing patients they had cancer in a manner that was "abrupt, insensitive, rude and below a reasonable professional standard," the council found.
He once informed a patient who had been told she may have gallstones "words to the effect that she had a malignant cancer and that she should feel privileged that she had time to prepare for her death and make a will."
"In view of your behavior toward patients and colleagues there are no conditions which would enable the Committee to conclude that you could safely resume practice," it said.