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Walsall doctor storms out of GMC hearing

3rd November 2008

A Walsall doctor accused of writing a virulently homophobic letter to a magazine for GPs claimed he could not receive a fair trial and stormed out of the General Medical Council hearing.

Dr Muhammad Siddiq, head of the Islamic Medical Association, dismissed his barrister this morning and left after he was denied an adjournment in which to find a new lawyer.

Dr Siddiq, a GP at the Luqman Medical Centre, Walsall, is accused of writing a letter to Pulse magazine in July last year, claiming gay people needed the “stick of law to put them on the right path”.

Before leaving, he told the panel in Manchester: “I have passionately served the NHS for 40 years and have strived to serve my patients’ best interests.

“I am in no position to represent myself and therefore I think it only appropriate that the panel make allowances for this by granting a reasonable time of adjournment.’’

The hearing continues.

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