A doctor who diagnosed hundreds of personal injury cases for a UK law firm where his wife was a partner has been banned from practice. A Law Gazette report notes that Dr Zuber Bux failed to declare the link with Preston firm AMS Solicitors over the two years in which he received 400 cases through the firm.
These instructions, mostly for holiday sickness claims, were his principle work in relation to medico-legal reports. A medical tribunal heard allegations that in four highlighted cases he also made a diagnosis of food poisoning without sufficient evidence and without considering an alternative diagnosis. It was also found that the doctor falsely told defendant firm Kennedys that he had recently checked the arrangements with AMS were appropriate, when in fact he had last checked several years previously.
The tribunal concluded that Bux’s actions had been misleading, dishonest and financially motivated, with the only appropriate sanction being immediate erasure of his licence to practise. It was found he knew that a conflict of interest was likely and this was at the forefront of his mind. He knew that if he had declared his personal relationship with an AMS partner, it would have rendered his reports subject to challenge by defendants, bringing an end to what the tribunal described as an ‘easy and lucrative’ income stream.Law Gazette report