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Escort girl drug doctor suspended by GMC

Adam Osborne
Adam Osborne admitted inappropriate behaviour

A doctor who falsified a prescription for a cocaine-addicted escort girl has been suspended for six months by the General Medical Council (GMC).

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

Dr Osborne, training in Manchester at the time, also got contraceptive pills for his girlfriend and an anti-smoking drug for a family member.

The panel had already ruled that his failings constituted misconduct.

It found on Tuesday that Dr Osborne behaved dishonestly in an attempt to obtain medication for the woman, who he had been seeing while his partner was away.

He has now been suspended from practising medicine for six months for misconduct.

The seriousness of your conduct is such that a signal must be made to you and your profession
Alyson Leslie, chair of the panel

The suspension will be imposed with immediate effect to "protect public interest", the panel ruled.

Dr Osborne's legal representative, Christina Lambert QC, said she was unsure whether an appeal would be made against the ruling.

"The seriousness of your conduct is such that a signal must be made to you and your profession," Alyson Leslie, chair of the panel, told Dr Osborne.

She added that the psychiatrist "seemed unable to grasp that an act of dishonesty remained an act of dishonesty".

The incidents happened while Dr Osborne was training at Wythenshawe Hospital.

On 12 May 2008, the escort girl named as "Miss B" in court met Dr Osborne in the hospital car park.

Hallucinations

She had 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.

He was denied the drugs when hospital staff could not match the patient's name, so Dr Osborne drove to a pharmacy for the drugs.

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.

Acknowledging what the impact of suspension might have on his immediate future, Ms Leslie added: "The panel recognises that the personal and professional consequences for you and your family will be significant but, in reaching its decision, the panel considers that the seriousness of your misconduct is such that a signal must be sent to you and the profession that your conduct is not acceptable."

After the hearing Dr Osborne said he was "disappointed" by the GMC decision.

He added that he realised he had "made some mistakes in the past which I have since worked hard to address".



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