Grimsby Doctor Under Investigation

The General Medical Council Is Investigating A Doctor In Grimsby


A GP practicing at the Ashwood Surgery in Grimsby is being investigated by the General Medical Council (GMC).

Dr Anupam Banerjee, locally known as Tony, was suspended from practicing medicine between November 5th 2013 and April 11th 2014, but is still being investigated by the GMC, according to the Grimsby Telegraph.

While the GMC refused to discuss individual cases when approached for comment, it did confirm that there is "an investigation into his fitness to practice".

Dr Banerjee has now been allowed to continue practicing following the end of his suspension, but can only work at his designated surgery in Grimsby and must be supervised by a named GP at all times.

He is also not allowed to prescribe medicine for himself, or a member of his family and must refrain from signing any documents in his capacity as a doctor - including death certificates and wills.

Dr Reeta Singh, GP principal at the surgery, told the Grimsby Telegraph: "I have known Dr Banerjee for a long time. As far as I'm concerned, he is a good doctor.

"Whilst he has been at the clinic he has been competent, good with patients and we have not had any complaints. I am really proud to have him working for me."

The news comes just days after the surgery where Dr Banerjee practiced - Weelsby View Health Centre - had its electricity cut off as part of a long-standing legal dispute with other practices in the area led to utility companies being unpaid.

Journalists at the local Grimsby Telegraph were reportedly "inundated" with calls from patients concerned about not being able to access the surgery.

Among those that contacted the paper was Malcolm Stevenson, 80, from Humberston, who travelled to the health centre for an appointment, but was turned away.

"They said I know you've got a lot of pain in your neck and I wish I could give you something for it, but I can't," Mr Stevenson said.

Expert Opinion
Whilst we welcome this investigation by the GMC, we hope steps have been taken to support any former patients of Dr Banerjee that might be concerned about the treatment they received.

“We are also concerned to hear of patients being turned away from the medical centre due to a funding issue relating to utility bills – this simply should not happen as it leaves patients without access to the often vital care they need.

“We hope that the relevant authorities will continue to monitor standards at the practice to ensure a safe level of care is provided and patients are not put at unnecessary risk.”
Mandy Luckman, Partner