GP Struck Off After Death of Nurse

Brentford woman died after drink/drug cocktail

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A doctor has been struck off by the General Medical Council after a Fitness to Practise hearing learnt how he had prescribed large quantities of anti-depressants to a Brentford nurse who later died of an overdose.

A relative found the 51 year old woman dead in her flat with bags of anti-depressants from Dr. Imon Bondyopadhyay's surgery. She had spent over £3,000 on a range of drugs many of which had been prescribed over the phone. A toxicology report after her death found quantities of the drugs in her system as well as four times the legal limit for alcohol.

Dr. Bondyopadhyay, a general practitioner and joint operator of a slimming clinic, was found guilty of acting in a way which was irresponsible and not in the best interests of a number of patients, in relation to medicines he supplied. He claimed that his wife had stolen the drugs and sent them to the woman who died.

In addition he was found guilty of allegations that, during an examination of a teenage female patient, Dr Bondyopadhyay felt her breasts in a way that was not appropriate to a medical examination.

He was also accused of threatening Enfield PCT with legal action when they questioned whether he should remain on their Supplementary Medical List and storing out of date medicine.

February 2, 2007