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Dear General Medical Council,

It is in the public interest. The person who’s claimed to have infected for COVID19 in all the media. Who’s a resident of London Lambeth Area. Whom he’s done just a quarantine time and gone travelling to Belfast with in a 14-15 day period! Is it assured that is he negative or positive for COViD 19? Because He had travelled for Belfast on 6th May. But he claims to got infected on 10th April! But he’s even made some claims on public media that he had got cured by doing Yoga which is not clinically proven and misleading many people. Please book criminal case against him and stop him by misleading people by giving false information.

Patient name: Dr. Neeraj Patil
Address : Bunglow 2, Hamlet Mews, 124 Thurlow Park Road, Dulwich, London, Uk, SE21 8HG.

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FPD Decisions, General Medical Council

Our reference: E1-2694630537


Dear Johnson


Thank you for taking the time to contact the General Medical Council with
your concerns.


An Assistant Registrar has reviewed your complaint and they have now
decided what action the GMC will be taking. The concerns you have raised
would not require us to restrict or remove the doctor’s registration at
this time, however we will be sharing your concerns directly with the
Doctor’s Responsible Officer so that it can be used as part of their
annual appraisal.


Role of the Responsible Officer


The Responsible Officer is a senior doctor who is responsible for
monitoring the performance of doctors locally, and making sure doctors
keep their skills and knowledge up to date.


They are involved in the doctor’s Revalidation and annual appraisal, which
is the process all licensed doctors are required to take part in to
demonstrate that their ongoing fitness to practise medicine.


They make recommendations to the GMC about whether doctors should be
revalidated and they are duty bound to disclose any serious concerns about
a doctor’s practise.


Reasons for our decision


We are unable to comment on the accuracy of information in the media. We
have reviewed the article in the Indian Express: 'COVID-19: Karnataka
native and Labour Party leader Neeraj Patil tests positive, in
self-isolation'. The article is dated 10 April 2020. The article states
that Dr Patil has issued a message in the media saying, he has “very high
fever, with chills and rigors. I am clinically suffering from COVID-19
chest infection. I am self-isolating myself from everyone”. From the
article it is unclear at the time whether the doctor had been tested as
being positive for Covid-19.


You have asked if we can confirm whether the doctor tested negative or
positive for Covid 19, however, this isn't information we hold so we can’t
confirm this. We have, however, reviewed other information in other news
articles and this indicates that Dr Patil has taken a test for Covid-19
which was positive.


In the article provided we have not identified anywhere where it clearly
indicates that the doctor has travelled whilst he had symptoms of
Covid-19, and the trip to Belfast which you have referred to would have
been over 14 days after the information in the press states that the
doctor had symptoms on 10 April 2020.

From the article is seems it unclear how the doctor might have contracted
the virus, and the doctor has apparently said that he might have failed to
take precautions (possibly in social distancing, handwashing or not
wearing proper PPE). However, there's nothing to indicate he has knowingly
breached any guidelines in this regard.


It appears when he had symptoms that Dr Patil has self-isolated and there
is no indication he has worked when he should not have done so, from the
information available. Also, we haven't identified anything in the
information provided which indicates that Dr Patil has clearly tried to
indicate that yoga is a 'cure' for Covid-19. Although we do note that Dr
Patil in other articles in the press has commented that certain yoga
breathing exercises have been helpful to him during his self-isolation.


Therefore, we don't consider these issues would meet the GMC threshold for
investigation. This is because we can only open an investigation where we
consider the concerns raised indicate that the doctor's fitness to
practise medicine might be impaired. However, as there are concerns that
the doctor's comments about yoga breathing exercises could potentially be
misconstrued by the public, we consider we should refer these issues to
the doctor's Responsible Officer. As this will make the doctor aware of
the concerns which have been raised about how his comments in the media
might have been construed and this will allow the Responsible Officer to
consider this information.


What happens next?


We will write to the doctor to share your complaint.


Please note that the doctor will be aware who has made the complaint,
however we will not disclose your contact details to them directly. We
would only share your contact details with their employers should they
decide to investigate this matter further at a local level. 


We will then share your concerns to the doctor’s Responsible Officer and
ask them to address your complaint directly with the doctor as part of
their appraisal. We may take further action if they tell us about any
serious concerns, either in relation to your complaint or more generally.


If you have any concerns or specific requests about how your information
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19 June 2020 so we can take them into account. We will consider what you
say, but may still have to go ahead and use your information in the
interests of protecting the public. If that happens we will tell you and
explain our reasons.


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using our contact details below.


Yours sincerely



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Dear FPD Decisions,

Thank you for you honest reply.

Please go through this link provided where Dr Neeraj Patil still trying to prove scientifically how yoga is helpful which is honestly spreading wrong message throughout the community.

Yours sincerely,


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FPD Complaints & Correspondence, General Medical Council

Dear Mr Johnson,

Thank you for your email.

I understand you are concerned about Dr Patil promoting yoga from a scientific perspective. There appears to be no information the doctor had provided this as a treatment to a COVID-19 patient as opposed to conventional medicine. This would not raise concerns about their fitness to practise concern.

We would be happy to consider your concerns further if you are able to provide further information.

I hope this is helpful.

Kind Regards,

Shamimay Akhtar

Complaints and Correspondence Officer
General Medical Council
Fitness to Practise, 3 Hardman Street, Manchester, M3 3AW

Email: [email address]
Telephone: 0161 923 6706

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