Dr Elizabeth Bradley agrees with watchdog to series of restrictions

A GP who was strongly criticised over her treatment of a North Yorkshire cancer patient has agreed to a series of restrictions by the General Medical Council (GMC).

The council has told patient Christine Hutchinson, of Westow, near Malton, that following an investigation its case examiners had concluded there was an indication that former Terrington GP Dr Elizabeth Bradley’s fitness to practise was impaired.

It said it was therefore necessary to restrict her registration while the impairment was rectified and the council had agreed a series of 22 undertakings with Dr Bradley.

These included informing the GMC if she applied for medical employment outside the UK, confining her medical practice to posts in a group practice within the NHS and not undertaking any private practice, not carrying out on-call or out-of-hours work, and agreeing to the appointment of a mentor.

Dr Bradley, who decided last autumn to retire from general practice and leave the surgery, wrongly diagnosed Mrs Hutchinson as suffering from fibromyalgia. But the patient’s spine was later found to have collapsed and she was diagnosed as suffering from the cancer myeloma.

Earlier this year, Dr Bradley applied to have her name removed from the GMC’s register, but the council said its case examiners had refused the application because of “unresolved concerns regarding her fitness to practise”.

Mrs Hutchinson said she was pleased the restrictions had now been imposed. Dr Bradley was unavailable for comment.

• The Press reported in the summer that the Terrington surgery had been taken over by doctors from Helmsley Surgery, following Dr Bradley’s retirement, allowing for the introduction of a larger team of experienced clinicians providing a better skill mix.

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