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Doctor Adam Osborne guilty of misconduct

Dr Adam Osborne
Dr Osborne prescribed drugs to his girlfriend and a family member

A doctor who falsified a prescription for a cocaine-addicted escort girl has been found guilty of serious misconduct by the General Medical Council (GMC).

Adam Osborne, 33, brother of shadow chancellor George Osborne, admitted "inappropriate" behaviour.

He also obtained the contraceptive pill for his girlfriend and an anti-smoking drug for a family member while training at Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester.

The GMC will decide whether Dr Osborne will be struck off.

The failings constitute misconduct that impairs his fitness to practise, the panel ruled.

Reading out the verdict, chair of the panel Alyson Leslie said Dr Osborne told them that he wrote the prescriptions while he was under "considerable pressure in his professional and public life".

'Hallucinations'

Mrs Leslie said that he engaged in a relationship with "Miss B, who you described as an escort girl" during a time when his long-term partner was working away.

Mrs Leslie said that aspects of the misconduct are "remediable."

It was also noted that many of the charges against Dr Osborne came up as a result of his own admissions.

The misconduct ruling relates to incidents between June 2006 and May 2008.

On 12 May 2008, Miss B met Dr Osborne in the hospital car park after she earlier discharged herself from another hospital and was suffering from hallucinations as the result of heavy cocaine use.

Dr Osborne wrote out a prescription for anti-psychotic drugs haloperidol and lorazepam and falsified parts of the form because he only knew her first name.

'Positive steps'

He was denied the drugs when hospital staff could not match the patient's name to anyone registered at the hospital.

Dr Osborne drove to a nearby pharmacy where he handed over a second prescription without a name or address and obtained the drugs.

Earlier this week the GMC panel ruled that he had displayed dishonest and misleading behaviour in falsifying the name of Miss B.

He had earlier admitted acting inappropriately in relation to the private prescription and one for his then-girlfriend and a family member.

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

In all three cases, he failed to record the prescriptions in the personal records of the individuals and failed to inform their GPs.

In the time since being dismissed by the hospital, Dr Osborne had taken "positive steps to address both your conduct and your commitment to the medical profession," the GMC heard.



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