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www.supportdrmyhill.co.uk Press Release regarding Stuart Jones

Discussion in 'Action Alerts and Advocacy' started by ISAS, Jan 4, 2012.

  1. ISAS


    Here is a copy of the Press Release:

    Health Professions Council issues Caution Order to Clinical Scientist for making disparaging comments about GP

    Clinical Scientist Stuart Jones was found guilty of professional misconduct by the Health Professions Council (HPC) for making disparaging, inappropriate and unprofessional comments on a public forum about Dr Sarah Myhill, a Radnorshire GP who specialises in the treatment of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Jones was told that This misconduct cannot, in the Panels (SIC) judgement, be categorised as minor.

    Full determination: http://www.hpc-uk.org/complaints/hearings/index.asp?id=2556

    Jones, who changed his plea to guilty during the course of the Hearing, was told:
    independent of the Registrants admission to misconduct made at the close of the case, the Panel has itself considered the question of misconduct. It is the Panels judgement that the Registrants conduct alleged at paragraph 1 of the allegations was inappropriate and unprofessional. In acting as he did he failed to keep high standards of personal conduct as well as professional conduct and his behaviour fell short of what would be proper in the circumstances.

    Jones, who is employed by the Queens Hospital, Romford had reported the GP to the General Medical Council in 2010 over concerns about the GPs website which is used to provide additional information for her patients. Jones actions were clearly designed to damage the doctors reputation and the doctor was, indeed, suspended by the GMC for several months before being reinstated and the GMC case being dropped without any case to answer.

    Not content to leave the matter to the GMC, Jones went onto a public forum (Bad Science) run by The Guardian columnist Ben Goldacre to comment:
    OK, so I finally bit the bullet and complained (anonymously for reasons that will become clear) to the GMC about uber-quack, Dr Sarah Myhill and to my surprise they have decided to launch a Fitness to Practise investigation. Her response has been quite interesting so I thought I would share it with the Badscience community.

    And on May 19th 2010 he commented:
    Yup, thats exactly why I complained actually, to give SM a bucket load of administration to wade through and increase anxiety levels in her patients, very pleasurable in deed!

    Goldacre had the offending posts removed in October 2010 and has recently deleted the direct link from his own website to the forum.
    Jones, who uses a signature quote from comedian Dara OBrain Those who live in glass houses should masturbate in the basement on all of his posts then engaged in frequent posts of a defamatory and disparaging nature about the doctor over a period of time exceeding 12 months.

    Jones alleged that the GP was exploiting vulnerable patients and on May 6th 2010, Jones stated:
    There are few things that make me more angry than seeing vulnerable patients being taken for a ride by deluded, pill-peddling quacks with a tenuous (at best) grasp of scientific method. Despite what the crackpots over at PR will have many CFS sufferers believe, this has been my main motivation for making the complaint against Myhill
    On 24th May, 2010, Jones compounded his allegation by posting a photograph of the GPs home and surgery and insinuated that it had been acquired through unnecessary testing of patients with That's a whole lot of mitochondrial function testing right there!.

    In sentencing Jones, his professional body determined:

    Whilst this Panel does not question the Registrants motivation with respect to his interest in the use of internet sites such as the Bad Science Forum to discuss and debate clinical issues it nevertheless finds that his posts were disparaging, inappropriate and unprofessional. As set out above the Registrant failed to keep high standards of personal conduct and it is the Panels judgement that his behaviour had the potential to damage public confidence in him and his profession. Whilst the Panel accept that he has shown some insight and that there is a low risk of repetition, it is the Panels judgement that there is a clear need, in this case, to declare and uphold proper standards of behaviour and maintain public confidence in the profession. The Registrant admitted misconduct in making disparaging comments on the Bad Science Forum about Dr XY could undermine public confidence in him and in his profession. In the circumstances of this case the public would expect the Registrants regulator to make a finding of impairment. Public confidence in the profession and the HPCs regulatory role would be undermined if a finding of impairment of fitness to practise was not made.
    The Panel finds that the Registrants fitness to practise is currently impaired by reason of misconduct.

    The Panel went on to deliberate on the nature of their sanctions in saying:
    It has considered the question of which sanction to impose in ascending order of severity. It notes that where a Panel has determined that fitness to practise is impaired, it is not obliged to impose a sanction.
    It first considered to take no further action, but decided against this course having regard to the seriousness of misconduct set out above. To dispose of this case by taking no further action would neither reflect the seriousness of misconduct found nor address the public interest considerations referred to above. This misconduct cannot, in the Panels judgement, be categorised as minor.
    The Registrar was directed to annotate the Registrants (Stuart Jones) entry in the register to show that he is subject to a Caution Order for a period of 2 years.
    Full determination: http://www.hpc-uk.org/complaints/hearings/index.asp?id=2556
    During the action against Dr Myhill by the GMC nearly 5,000 supporters and patients signed an online petition protesting at the GMCs action, and over 2,000 letters and emails were also sent to the GMC providing evidence of how the doctor had helped them regain their health. The story was widely covered by the media and a number of online forums were set up in support of Dr Myhill.
    This Press Release has been issued by www.supportdrmyhill.co.uk, a website set up to carry accurate and full information on the case for Dr Myhills patients, many of whom were shocked and traumatised by what was happening to this extremely effective and popular doctor.
    Dr Myhill can be contacted direct on 01547 550331
    The administrator for the supporters website can be contacted at webadmin@supportdrmyhill.co.uk.
  2. Valentijn

    Valentijn Senior Member

    Maybe he should have followed his own advice and confined his masturbatory behavior to the privacy of his basement, instead of doing it in public on Bad Science.
    justinreilly likes this.
  3. ISAS


    Apologies I have just noticed this additional comment from supportdrmyhill.co.uk which should have been attached above:

    I should have added the following comment from supportdrmyhill.co.uk:

    This service (ie supportdrmyhill.co.uk, my addition) was set up to keep patients, friends and supporters of Dr Myhill informed of developments in her case. It was a very happy time when the GMC finally cancelled the Fitness to Practise Hearing.

    Whilst it gives us no pleasure to report it we feel there is also a responsibility to keep Sarah's friends and supporters appraised of other relevant developments. Just prior to Christmas, the website complainant, clinical scientist Stuart Jones, faced his own Fitness to Practise Hearing before his professional body, the Health Professions Council for making disparaging, inappropriate and unprofessional comments on a public forum about Dr Myhill. Dr Myhill was called upon to give evidence at the Hearing. Jones changed his plea to guilty during the Hearing and I would stress that the Hearing was NOT about Jones reporting Dr Myhill to the GMC; we have always maintained that he was within his rights to do so if he was concerned about the content of her website. The HPC, however, decided that his conduct on the Bad Science website fell short of what was required of him and a caution has been placed on his record for a two-year period.

    Please note that replies to this website DO NOT go direct to Dr Myhill. If you wish to send her a personal message please do so by addressing it to office@doctormyhill.co.uk
  4. Enid

    Enid Senior Member

    Just had the email too - hooray ! Too grand and opiniated to keep up with medical advances/findings in current research as Dr Myhill does to aid her patients - just sit on the sidelines and snipe.
  5. pilgrim


    Clinical scientist? What does this idiot actually do for a living?
    Is he going to pay for all the unnecessary trouble, anxiety, suffering he caused to Dr M?
    I've only one word for him but can't say it as I don't want to cause trouble for the forum.
  6. sianrecovery

    sianrecovery Senior Member

    Manchester UK
    thank god Dr Myhill has not let these ignorant, deluded and deeply unpleasant individuals drive her out of practice. Good on you Sarah xxxx
    justinreilly and Min like this.
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