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Osborne's brother denies concealing drug addict friend

Dr Adam Osborne
Dr Osborne admitted failing to record the prescriptions he gave to friends

A doctor denied trying to conceal a cocaine-addicted friend to whom he prescribed anti-psychotic drugs, the General Medical Council (GMC) heard.

Dr Adam Osborne, brother of shadow chancellor George Osborne, left the woman in a hospital car park while he went inside to write the prescription.

He later failed to put her details on a second form he handed to a pharmacy.

The doctor admits prescribing drugs for a friend, family member and girlfriend but denies inappropriate conduct.

The GMC says doctors can only prescribe for family and friends in emergencies.

The woman, known as Miss B, contacted Dr Osborne in May 2008 from outside Manchester Royal Infirmary after discharging herself after failing to receive treatment, it was said.

She met Dr Osborne outside Wythenshawe Hospital, where he was a psychiatry trainee at the time. He decided to treat her for cocaine-related symptoms, the Fitness to Practise panel in London heard.

Class C drug

He left her in the car park, while he went in inside to get a prescription for the drugs Lorazepam - a class C controlled drug that has worth as a street drug - and haloperidol.

After initially being refused the drugs due to the patient's name not being recognised by the hospital, the hearing was told he went to a nearby pharmacy where he filled out a further incomplete form, missing out details of the woman's name and address.

Asked if he wanted to conceal her identity, he said: "No".

GMC counsel Bernadette Baxter also quizzed him on his decision not to take Miss B into the hospital to make out the initial prescription.

I would rather answer that in private session
Dr Adam Osborne on how he met Miss B

Asked if that was to "conceal her presence", Dr Osborne replied: "I do not think that was a particular issue in my mind at the time."

He previously said that his main concern was getting treatment for the woman, who was having hallucinations as the result of her cocaine use.

Asked how he met Miss B, Dr Osborne said it was in a social setting in late 2007 or early 2008, but decline to give further details.

When asked if it was a "social setting you wouldn't want people to know about", he replied: "I would rather answer that in private session."

Dr Osborne risks being struck off by the GMC over the allegations that he supplied prescription drugs to a former girlfriend, a family member and Miss B.

It is claimed that he did so without informing their GPs or making note of the prescriptions in their medical records.

'Skimmed through'

At Friday's hearing he admitted not having paid enough attention to the guidelines laid out in Good Medical Practice.

"At the time I might have skimmed through it, but I probably hadn't really thought about all the points which is probably why I ended up here today," he said.

Quizzed further if he knew it was wrong to prescribe to family and friends, he said: "I honestly hadn't taken that message on board. I cannot say I was deliberately going against something I thought was wrong."

Dr Osborne resigned from the trust but an investigation continued and he was dismissed for gross misconduct.

He was initially banned from practice but was later allowed back to work with conditions.

The hearing continues.

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