Surgeon struck off for prioritsing profit

Just when the General Medical Council is considering more serious sanctions against doctors, this hits headlines. Doctors like this (BMJ2014;349:g5236) are the cause for the council to get tougher on rogue doctors. But, they bring not only shame on the rest of the medical fraternity, but also push most of us to practice defensive medicine to the detriment of our patients.

Dr Krishnamurthy Nulliah, a cosmetic surgeon at Harley Street, has been struck off from the register for using his skill to earn money rather than treat people. He has been found guilty of “subordinating his proper responsibilities as a doctor to the pursuit of a commercial enterprise.” He was running his practice as a vendor and corner shop merchant offering discounts to patients. “BOGOF” was an everyday practice for him, according to the MPTS panel. He was found to have offered discounts to one patient if she agreed to treatment in additional areas. Mind boggles at this doctors audacity.

While we cannot comment on the veracity of the claims by both sides, it is difficult to understand how a doctor could completely ignore the Hippocratic oath and deal with patients as commodities. We have seen how such panels work and come to their decisions, often to the detriment of the practitioner. The process starts off with an investigative team statement saying that they are not there to investigate the matter. They never ask the complainant to show evidence or proof of their allegations. Everything is taken as hearsay, and if it is not written down, it did not happen. I suspect, if this doctor had written down that he had taken proper consent and discussed the issues with the patients, he might have got off.

Unfortunately there are rogue doctors in our fraternity who do behave the way the MPTS panels state and they are the cause of increasing threats from the governing body. This will only lead to further inward looking practices and may even cause a stagnation in medical practice. Innovation will not be considered by anyone for the fear of “getting wrong with the GMC.”

If you want to read about how a GMC investigation really takes place read my book – A Kangaroo Court – A triumph of mediocrity.  It is available in print form as well as on Kindle (




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5 responses to “Surgeon struck off for prioritsing profit

  1. Witness

    To whomever wrote this article, can I just say as one of the witnesses at the panel hearing of Krishnamurthi your article is slightly offensive and incorrect as me the complainant was asked for evidence and I did produce a great deal of it, I was not listened to just on hearsay!!

    • The article was written based on the transcripts available on the GMC website. You should read the book, “A Kangaroo Court” to understand the workings of such panels in detail. Any comment is only published after the moderator has approved it. You are entitled to your opinion as do the Doctor in question.

  2. Witness D

    I have downloaded a copy of your book and will read it, I believe I do understand the workings of such panels to an extent and being a witness I am privy to the full report already.

  3. Witness D

    sorry that should have read I will be downloading a copy, I have just found out I cant so I will order a copy from Amazon.

    • You can download from Amazon Kindle too. You must remember that there will be rogue doctors just like any other profession who bring a bad name for the rest of the community! However, the panelists are often pretty incompetent and several good doctors are maligned because of that. Unlike a court of law where one is innocent till proven guilty, here a doctor is considered guilty and he or she has to work hard to prove otherwise!!

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