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Doctor struck off following death

9th November 2006

The General Medical Council has struck off the founder of a private drug treatment clinic following the death of a patient.

The General Medical Council (GMC) found Dr Colin Brewer, former head of London’s Stapleford Clinic, guilty of serious professional misconduct.

Brewer, who is now retired, faced allegations he was inappropriately prescribing drugs to patients with addictions.

The case began in 2004, after a patient died after being sent home with a home detox kit from the clinic. The 29-year-old man choked on his own vomit in his sleep after taking the cocktail of drugs, including diazepam, rohypnol and temazepam.

The GMC panel said Dr Brewer fell ‘seriously short of the standards expected of a medical practitioner’.

The Stapleford Centre treats people addicted to heroin, alcohol and other drugs.

Two other doctors who worked at the clinic, Hugh Kindness, who is also retired, received a reprimand, while the centre’s current director Ronald Tovey had conditions attached to his licence to practice for the next three years.

Four other doctors at the centre had previously been cleared of serious professional misconduct.

The case involved the largest ever number of doctors to be jointly charged in a GMC case.

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