East Ham GP banned from working by medical panel

Dr Inayat Inayatullah was secretly filmed telling an undercover reporter to 'eat some mangoes' when

Dr Inayat Inayatullah was secretly filmed telling an undercover reporter to 'eat some mangoes' when he presented with cancer symptoms Picture: Central News - Credit: Archant

A GP who told a mother-of-two with cancer that she had swollen glands, has been struck off the medical register for unrelated, recent failures.

Although Dr Inayat Inayatullah, 73, was allowed to continue working at his Barking Road, East Ham practice after the patient, Mrs Linda Geden, died from cancer several years later, his consultations with undercover reporters posing as patients brought him before the GMC’s Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service again, earlier this year.

Dr Inayat Inayatullah saw Linda Geden at his Barking Road medical centre in East Ham in September 2002. He told her to take paracetamol when she said she had a lump about the size of a marble on her neck.

Although Ms Geden returned to the surgery in November, she was told the same thing. She left in tears after the GP shouted at her and said she was wasting his time.

Ms Geden, from Plaistow, registered with another doctor and was diagnosed with cancer in April 2003. She died in June 2006, aged 38.

Dr Inayatullah appeared before the General Medical Council in September 2006 and was subject to 13 conditions. In 2009, he was allowed to work unrestricted.

In 2011 an investigation was launched after Dr Inayatullah was secretly filmed telling an undercover reporter to eat mangoes after he relayed symptoms of bowel cancer. The reporter, referred to as AC, was working for Channel 4’s Dispatches programme.

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In July this year, the GMC’s fitness to practise panel, sitting in Manchester, ruled the doctor had “breached a fundamental tenet of the medical profession by failing to provide a good standard of practice and care.” He also demonstrated a lack of insight.

It found that Dr Inayat Inayatullah’s fitness to practice was impaired on the basis of his misconduct.

Today, chairman of the panel, Mr Ian Spafford, said: “Having determined that suspension would be an insufficient response to your misconduct the panel concluded that erasure is the only appropriate sanction.

“Although in principle the clinical aspects of your misconduct are remediable there is limited evidence that you are capable of remediation as this requires insight which you have persistently failed to demonstrate. The panel concluded that your un-remedied misconduct is fundamentally incompatible with continued registration as a doctor.”