Abdulkhaled Elmrghni AHMED 6152547 facebook message to 14-year-old girl

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Dear General Medical Council,

Determination:

https://www.mpts-uk.org/hearings-and-dec...

At paragraph 22 it states:

"The Tribunal again had regard to the contemporaneous evidence, namely the transcript from Dr Ahmed’s police interview under caution on 26 April 2015."

I am surprised that it took until October 2020 to conclude the hearing, almost 6 years after the date of Dr Ahmed's police interview.

1. Did the police notify you that they had interviewed Dr Ahmed? If so, on what date were you notified?

I note Dr Ahmed used a fake identity on Facebook:

"17. In his oral evidence Dr Ahmed did not deny sending Patient A a Facebook friend request, but stated that any such request was sent ‘accidentally’ or ‘inadvertently’... ‘Adam Salama’[-] Dr Ahmed admitted in evidence that this was the name he used on Facebook."

2. Please provide any guidance you hold for doctors on the use of social media in general, and on the use of pseudonyms in particular.

Yours faithfully,

J Roberts

FOI, General Medical Council

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Decisions are removed from the MPTS website after one year.

Here is some stuff from Dr Ahmed's:

Patient A

"15. Following a consultation with Patient A, a 14 year old female, on 8 February 2015 you:

a. located Patient A’s account on Facebook; Found proved

16. b. sent Patient A a friend request on Facebook. Found proved"

Patient B

"38. Following a consultation with Patient B on or around 16 November 2014 you:

a. used Patient B’s medical records to obtain her full name; Found Proved

47. d. on one or more occasion between 17 November 2014 and 13 February 2015, sent messages to Patient B on WhatsApp which:

i. were sexual in nature; Found proved

49. At 2000 on 17 November 2014 Dr Ahmed messaged Patient B:

‘I want you badly’

Patient B again asked Dr Ahmed what he meant, and he replied:

‘Hold u tight and kiss your lips for the next decade’

Dr Ahmed continued:‘

You must have sweet taste with that much sugar in your body ’

50. At 0047 on 18 November 2014, during a conversation about Patient B’s tattoos, and having received a photograph from Patient B in her underwear, Dr Ahmed messaged Patient B:

‘Oh my lord... I got me hard again’."

Outcome: 2 month suspension

FOI, General Medical Council

Dear J Roberts,

 

Your information request – IR1-2881686031

Thank you for your email dated 8 December, in which you ask for
information in relation to Dr Abdulkhaled Elmrghni Ahmed (6152547).

 

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Charlotte Lund (0161 250 6938), General Medical Council

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Dear J Roberts

 

 

Your information request – IR1-2881686031

 

Thank you for your email which has been passed on to me to respond to.
I’ve considered your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
(FOIA).

 

1.     Did the police notify you that they had interviewed Dr Ahmed?  If
so, on what date were you notified?

 

The police did not notify the GMC that they had interviewed Dr Abdulkhaled
Elmrghni Ahmed under caution on 26 April 2015. On becoming aware that the
police had interviewed Dr Ahmed under caution on 26 April 2015, the GMC
opened communication with the police force investigating the matter in May
2015.

 

A police investigation takes precedence over our regulatory process, as
any GMC activity must not prejudice an on-going police investigation. The
GMC will conduct limited enquiries where possible, until the police and
CPS have concluded their interest in the matter. The GMC were informed by
the police in February 2017, that all charges had been dropped against Dr
Ahmed.
 

The first time the matter was heard before MPTS was 24 Oct 2019.

 

 

2.     Please provide any guidance you hold for doctors on the use of
social media in general, and on the use of pseudonyms in particular.

 

Our social media guidance for doctors can be found at
[1]https://www.gmc-uk.org/ethical-guidance/....

 

It may also be useful to explain the role of our guidance. We provide
guidance on professional standards which applies to all registered doctors
regardless of their specialty, grade and area of work, therefore it is
necessarily high level, in order to be widely applicable. As it can’t
cover all the situations a doctor might face in practice, we expect
doctors to use their professional judgment to apply the principles to the
circumstances in which they find themselves.

 

Although we don’t have specific guidance on the use of pseudonyms we would
expect doctors to use their professional judgment to apply our guidance on
the use of social media and our core piece of guidance, Good medical
practice to their specific circumstances.
([2]https://www.gmc-uk.org/ethical-guidance/...)

 

In ‘doctors use of social media’ we say if you identify yourself as a
doctor in publicly accessible social media, you should also identify
yourself by name. Any material written by authors who represent themselves
as doctors is likely to be taken on trust and may reasonably be taken to
represent the views of the profession more widely (see paragraph 17).

 

In Good medical practice we say you must make sure that your conduct
justifies your patients’ trust in you and the public’s trust in the
profession (see paragraph 65).

 

In addition you must be honest and trustworthy in all your communication
with patients and colleagues. This means you must make clear the limits of
your knowledge and make reasonable checks to make sure any information you
give is accurate (see paragraph 68).

 

 

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Charlotte

 

Charlotte Lund

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General Medical Council, 3 Hardman St, Manchester M3 3AW

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Subject: RE: Freedom of Information request - Abdulkhaled Elmrghni AHMED
6152547 facebook message to 14-year-old girl

 

Dear J Roberts,

 

Your information request – IR1-2881686031

Thank you for your email dated 8 December, in which you ask for
information in relation to Dr Abdulkhaled Elmrghni Ahmed (6152547).

 

How we will consider your request

We’re going to look at your request under the Freedom of Information Act
2000 (FOIA). This gives us 20 working days to respond but we’ll come back
to you as soon as we can.

 

Who to contact

Charlotte Lund will be handling your request. If you have any questions
you can contact her via email at [7][email address].

 

Yours sincerely

 

Lauren Barrowcliffe

Information Access Team Assistant

 

[8][email address]

General Medical Council

3 Hardman Street

Manchester

M3 3AW

 

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J Roberts left an annotation ()

The GMC appealed against the sanction imposed by the MPT. The appeal was dismissed:

'48. The GMC appeals under section 40A(1)(a) of the Medical Act 1983 on the ground that the MPT’s determination of a sanction of two months’ suspension is insufficient to protect the public...'
...
'96. Taking all that together with the remedial work that Dr Ahmed had done and the evidence in his reflective statement of 20 October 2020, the MPT was entitled to conclude, in all the circumstances, including Dr Ahmed’s having already served an interim suspension of four months, and bearing in mind that this was not a case involving any threat to patient health or safety, that a suspension of two months in this case was sufficient to maintain public confidence in the medical profession and to maintain proper professional standards and conduct for members of the medical profession.
...
'103. For all of the foregoing reasons, the GMC’s appeal under section 40A of the Medical Act 1983 against the sanction of two months’ suspension imposed on Dr Ahmed by the MPT on 22 October 2020 is dismissed.'

[2022] EWHC 403 (Admin)

https://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/Adm...